Discussion about the 5th gen war
I think I originally found Marian Call via Bandcamp. I couldn't begin to tell you what genre her music fits into but I'm a huge fan of her stuff (excepting Swears).
Irish Moutarde is excellent too if you're a fan of Irish/Celtic punk/folk-ish stuff.
Meanwhile Chris LeDoux remains relatively unknown even to a lot of genuine country & western fans simply because he never got the exposure other artists did. I don't think I ever heard his music on the radio before he died and I don't expect I'll ever hear any of his son Ned's stuff, despite it being every bit as good in its own right.
That's the real bitch of it all; there are absolutely still people making damn good [insert genre here] music - you just won't hear any of it on the radio. It's well worth the effort of finding it, though.
Garth Brooks is a perfect example of something I have noticed over the decades. Take the Beastie Boys as THE perfect example. They had friends and connections in the industry, they learned the music, the beats, the attitude, the jewelry - the whole nine. They copied, practiced, and rehearsed and their friends gave them a contract when they thought they were ready.
Fast forward, they are getting VH1 Awards for being "hip hop pioneers" and everyone loves them. Countless blacks, Latinos and even other Whites were more talented and authentic, but somehow these three geeks got the contract - AND the awards for "pioneering" the genre. It's a fucking insult on many levels.
Gather Brooks came out of nowhere. he had the hat and the swagger and got the contract. He had help - the best song writers, producers, engineers, marketers, and other industry insiders - who basically made him. And his record sales were off the charts. Repeated airplay on country radio is one of the best ways to get shit songs in people's heads (see Aerosmith as a Rock example of the same thing). Contacts in radio industry - check!
I see this crap everywhere. It is how the business works. So I cannot fault the system. These artists show up to work. So they are not slackers by any stretch. In fact, maybe this is exactly WHY they were chosen. But talent and charisma and authenticity? Yeah, not so much.
Beastie Boys, Boy Bands, Aerosmith, and Garth Brooks - it's all fake folks. And we buy this crap.Read More
There are three "country" stations where I live. I have them programmed on my radio for the rare times traffic is too loud for me to hear my audiobook while driving for work. When that happens I routinely cycle through them without hearing anything even remotely resembling country music. Most of it's just vapid, shitty pop music; an alarming amount of it is straight up hip hop.
I remember "joking" 20 years ago about most country music simply being pop in a cowboy hat. I also remember saying re: Garth Brooks, "I like his stuff but that man ruined country music."
Fuck, what I wouldn't give for someone half as close to country as Brooks was actually being played on a "country" radio station these days.