Country!

WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
edited March 2009 in History of Rock
So, this is one of the few genres where my knowledge is incredibly limited in. I would really like to listen to more, but I have absolutely no clue where to look. Could someone recommend me some country that isn't the modern pop-country like Toby Keith and Carry Underwood? It would be very nice.

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  • idiotecidiotec Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    This is easy:

    Willie
    Johnny
    Waylon
    Kris
    Merle
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited March 2009
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited March 2009
    oh, and Lonestar sounds like an 80s rock hair band doing a power ballad with a redneck singer
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited March 2009
    16 Horsepower
    Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Calexico
    Dan Tyminski
    Drive By-Truckers
    Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
    My Morning Jacket
    Neko Case
    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Rilo Kiley
    Ryan Adams
    Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    Uncle Tupelo
    Whiskeytown
    Yonder Mountain String Band
  • bjyaritzbjyaritz Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    I have to say that I really like Brad Paisley. Talent singing and on the guitar. I would like to see more of his tracks on Rock band.
  • idiotecidiotec Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    Gowienczyk;2071337 said:
    16 Horsepower
    Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Calexico
    Dan Tyminski
    Drive By-Truckers
    Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
    My Morning Jacket
    Neko Case
    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Rilo Kiley
    Ryan Adams
    Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    Uncle Tupelo
    Whiskeytown
    Yonder Mountain String Band
    some of those arent even close to country....:confused:
  • King_NuthinKing_Nuthin Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    idiotec;2071228 said:
    This is easy:
    Willie
    Johnny
    Waylon
    Kris
    Merle
    This is a good start. I'll add:
    The Hanks - Williams (Visit I and III before Jr.) and Snow
    Wayne Hancock
    Buck Owens
    Dwight Yoakam
    Wanda Jackson (particularly her rockabilly stuff)
    Dale Watson
    Conway Twitty
    Johnny Paycheck
    Lefty Frizell

    On the alt-country/country rock side I like the Knitters, Supersuckers country albums, Steve Earle
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited March 2009
    idiotec;2071468 said:
    some of those arent even close to country....:confused:
    Most if not all are alternative country.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited March 2009
    most of my favorites have been named, but i'll add that you must get hold of knife in the water's "red river".
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited March 2009
    Neko Case is awesome. Carry on.
  • cherokeesamcherokeesam Washed Up
    edited March 2009
    Start with the *true* classics:

    Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.)
    Willie Nelson
    George Jones
    Merle Haggard
    Johnny Cash
    Buck Owens
    Marty Robbins
    Loretta Lynn
    Patsy Cline
    Dolly Parton
    Emmylou Harris

    If you want to go even further back than that, you can see how bluegrass evolved into country.....the classics (old and new) of bluegrass:

    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
    Bill Monroe
    Doc Watson
    Ricky Skaggs

    From there, you can ease into 80s-90s core country:
    Alan Jackson
    George Strait
    Clint Black
    Garth Brooks
    Chris Ledoux
    Travis Tritt
    Vince Gill
    Dwight Yoakam
    Brooks & Dunn
    Shania Twain
    Martina McBride
    Reba McEntire
    The Dixie Chicks
    Mary Chapin Carpenter


    And modern alt-country, which is usually more alt (rock) than country:
    Steve Earle
    Wilco
    My Morning Jacket
    Hank Williams III
    Shooter Jennings
    Ryan Adams
    Drive-By Truckers
    Kings of Leon
    The Mavericks
    Uncle Tupelo
    Townes Van Zandt
    Cross-Canadian Ragweed
    Lucinda Williams
    Neko Case
    Nanci Griffith

    That covers a good deal of the "serious" country and alt-country artists, the ones who are considered to have artistic merit and integrity by most within and without the genre. Unless you've just got a taste for it, I'd avoid the pop-country like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and the like.
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited March 2009
    cherokeesam;2072103 said:
    Start with the *true* classics:

    Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.)
    Willie Nelson
    George Jones
    Merle Haggard
    Johnny Cash
    Buck Owens
    Marty Robbins
    Loretta Lynn
    Patsy Cline
    Dolly Parton
    Emmylou Harris

    If you want to go even further back than that, you can see how bluegrass evolved into country.....the classics (old and new) of bluegrass:

    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
    Bill Monroe
    Doc Watson
    Ricky Skaggs

    From there, you can ease into 80s-90s core country:
    Alan Jackson
    George Strait
    Clint Black
    Garth Brooks
    Chris Ledoux
    Travis Tritt
    Vince Gill
    Dwight Yoakam
    Brooks & Dunn
    Shania Twain
    Martina McBride
    Reba McEntire
    The Dixie Chicks
    Mary Chapin Carpenter


    And modern alt-country, which is usually more alt (rock) than country:
    Steve Earle
    Wilco
    My Morning Jacket
    Hank Williams III
    Shooter Jennings
    Ryan Adams
    Drive-By Truckers
    Kings of Leon
    The Mavericks
    Uncle Tupelo
    Townes Van Zandt
    Cross-Canadian Ragweed
    Lucinda Williams
    Neko Case
    Nanci Griffith

    That covers a good deal of the "serious" country and alt-country artists, the ones who are considered to have artistic merit and integrity by most within and without the genre. Unless you've just got a taste for it, I'd avoid the pop-country like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and the like.
    Wow. Thank you. This is extremely helpful.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    If we're counting Alternative Country, Gowie's list is indispensible, I'll vouch for that, some great artists there.
  • SayburrSayburr The Always Informative Rock Band Forum Guru
    edited March 2009
    I am not a fan of country music... but do yourself a favor and check out the band Bonepony… They are more of a bluegrass band with a rock attitude. I enjoy their music greatly.

    My wife loves Rascal Flats… I think its OK but not something I would just listen to.

    Big and Rich would have been considered southern rock music 25 years ago, but they are country now for some reason… check them out.
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    Here's the country I love, but I also dig on the poppy stuff, too. I grew up on bluegrass and outlaw country, so that affects my taste somewhat.

    Lone Justice
    Steve Earle
    Shelby Lynne
    Junior Brown
    Alison Krauss
    Johnny Cash (duh)
    Trisha Yearwood
    kd lang
    Ricky Skaggs
    Heartless Bastards
    Cowboy Junkies
    Deana Carter
    Dixie Chicks
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Nanci Griffith
    Emmylou Harris
    Uncle Tupelo
    Foggy Mountain Boys
    Lyle Lovett
    Hayseed Dixie (LOL)
    Willie Nelson
    Shooter Jennings
    Bill Monroe
    Hank 3
    Del Mccoury
    Son Volt
    New Grass Revival

    Of course, put Hee-Haw in front of me, and I'll watch Conway Twitty for HOURS!
  • idiotecidiotec Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    I had never heard of this "alt country" genre. I listen to some of those bands and never would of guessed that country would be mentioned regardless of the "alt" thrown in front of it.... Learn something new every day....
  • elfreakoelfreako Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    idiotec;2073836 said:
    I had never heard of this "alt country" genre. I listen to some of those bands and never would of guessed that country would be mentioned regardless of the "alt" thrown in front of it.... Learn something new every day....
    Probably because it's a genre so vast it's very hard to define. By definition it blends in with many other types of music. Besides, labels are meaningless.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited March 2009
    Alt Country is bands that take the root structure of country music (or even bluegrass music) and add unconventional minimalism, lo-fi influences and/or puts a more creative spin on the genre. Each band could traditionally considered another, but the alt-country movement started in the early 90s and it is very significant. Even the rock band Wilco comes to be called within the movement.
  • My name is FezMy name is Fez Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    LOL COUNTRY IS TEH SUX ITS JUST HILLBILLIES TWANGIN ON BANJOS

    Kidding, obviously, but yeah, I'm not a fan of conventional country, especially the classic artists. The genre generally just doesn't do it for me.

    However, based on gowie's awesomeness and the fact that everyone's like "LOL WAT ALT COUNTRY IT CAN'T BE COUNTRY," I think I will give at least some alt country artists a shot.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited March 2009
    My name is Fez;2076381 said:
    LOL COUNTRY IS TEH SUX ITS JUST HILLBILLIES TWANGIN ON BANJOS

    Kidding, obviously, but yeah, I'm not a fan of conventional country, especially the classic artists. The genre generally just doesn't do it for me.

    However, based on gowie's awesomeness and the fact that everyone's like "LOL WAT ALT COUNTRY IT CAN'T BE COUNTRY," I think I will give at least some alt country artists a shot.
    I started with Whiskeytown, Uncle Tupelo for the most part.
  • metallica0688metallica0688 Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    cherokeesam;2072103 said:
    Start with the *true* classics:

    Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.)
    Willie Nelson
    George Jones
    Merle Haggard
    Johnny Cash
    Buck Owens
    Marty Robbins
    Loretta Lynn
    Patsy Cline
    Dolly Parton
    Emmylou Harris

    If you want to go even further back than that, you can see how bluegrass evolved into country.....the classics (old and new) of bluegrass:

    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
    Bill Monroe
    Doc Watson
    Ricky Skaggs

    From there, you can ease into 80s-90s core country:
    Alan Jackson
    George Strait
    Clint Black
    Garth Brooks
    Chris Ledoux
    Travis Tritt
    Vince Gill
    Dwight Yoakam
    Brooks & Dunn
    Shania Twain
    Martina McBride
    Reba McEntire
    The Dixie Chicks
    Mary Chapin Carpenter


    And modern alt-country, which is usually more alt (rock) than country:
    Steve Earle
    Wilco
    My Morning Jacket
    Hank Williams III
    Shooter Jennings
    Ryan Adams
    Drive-By Truckers
    Kings of Leon
    The Mavericks
    Uncle Tupelo
    Townes Van Zandt
    Cross-Canadian Ragweed
    Lucinda Williams
    Neko Case
    Nanci Griffith

    That covers a good deal of the "serious" country and alt-country artists, the ones who are considered to have artistic merit and integrity by most within and without the genre. Unless you've just got a taste for it, I'd avoid the pop-country like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and the like.


    I would also add to this

    Alabama
    Kenny Rogers
    Crystal Gayle
    Marty Robbins
    Porter Wagnor
    George Jones
    Reba McIntire
    Randy Travis
    Roy Acuff
    Lefty Frizzel
    Ernest Tubbs
    The Oakridge Boys
    Glenn Campbell

    all of these would be a good start for you to expand your knowledge into this musical area .
  • cherokeesamcherokeesam Washed Up
    edited March 2009
    metallica0688;2101278 said:
    I would also add to this

    Alabama
    Kenny Rogers
    Crystal Gayle
    Marty Robbins
    Porter Wagnor
    George Jones
    Reba McIntire
    Randy Travis
    Roy Acuff
    Lefty Frizzel
    Ernest Tubbs
    The Oakridge Boys
    Glenn Campbell

    all of these would be a good start for you to expand your knowledge into this musical area .
    I've already got Marty Robbins, Reba McEntire and George Jones on the list. :)

    And yeah, I'd definitely add the artists you named.
    Also Chet Atkins, for some damn fine geetar lovin'.
  • AraghaAragha I posted 10,000 times and all I got was this lousy title
    edited March 2009
    bjyaritz;2071358 said:
    I have to say that I really like Brad Paisley. Talent singing and on the guitar. I would like to see more of his tracks on Rock band.
    I'mma second this one.

    Or third or fourth, I haven't read past this yet.
  • metallica0688metallica0688 Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    cherokeesam;2101429 said:
    I've already got Marty Robbins, Reba McEntire and George Jones on the list. :)

    And yeah, I'd definitely add the artists you named.
    Also Chet Atkins, for some damn fine geetar lovin'.


    Yeah I just scanned over quickly and did not notice you had mentioned them . I would also add Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys ,Barbara Mandrell ,Lee Roy Parnell, Hank Thompson, Asleep at the Wheel , Roger Miller,Tex Ritter,Red Sovine,Ronnie Milsap,and Dwight Yoakam as well .
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    This thread reminded me, after a mental note I made during last night's Family Guy. I downloaded a Conway Twitty greatest hits album today. I feel so awesomely lonesome and blue now.
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