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Old 11-27-2009, 07:30 AM   #31
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I think the whole country-pop thing isn't that bad. It is tiresome over a whole album but Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Chris Cagle () etc etc all have some great singles.

Let's not discount Dolly.

Also Barenaked Ladies 'For You' is an awesome bluegrassy/country track.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:25 AM   #32
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You guys beat me to the Jayhawks. I think the chicken guitar work in "Pray for Me" definitely puts them in the country camp.

YouTube - The Jayhawks - Pray for me

And while we're on bands that defy category, I think these guys are writing better songs than 90% of the competition, and this one is more "country" than 90% of what comes out of Assville.

YouTube - Drive-By Truckers- Bob (Brighter Than Creation's Dark)
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:53 AM   #33
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I'm glad you mentioned Alison Krauss, by far one of my favorite vocalists of all time. Bela Fleck are also awesome, but I'm not sure if they are "country", perhaps more of a bluegrass type of band.
YouTube - Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Big Country

Similarly, there's Nickel Creek
YouTube - Nickel Creek - Smoothie Song - PBS Sound Stage

Lynn Miles is a Canadian country artist, and I absolutely adore her. I had the pleasure of seeing her live last year.

YouTube - Lynn Miles - Night Drive
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:28 AM   #34
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It was a joke.

BTW, I probably saw The Jayhawks about four times between the Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass albums, and one of my fondest concertgoing memories was seeing them at Milwaukeefest, where I heard Blue for the first time.
In my defense, I was nearly in a food coma when I responded.

Are you talking about Summerfest? I miss Milwaukee and Summerfest. I saw Lyle Lovett there a couple of times.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:12 PM   #35
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Maybe it was Summerfest. But it was in Milwaukee!
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:15 PM   #36
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If it was a big music festival next to Lake Michigan with the high heat of summer beating off the black pavement, and people were walking around eating fried cheese curds and ears of corn dripping melted butter down their arms, then yes, that was Summerfest.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:29 PM   #37
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...or Taste of Chicago, substituting grass for the black pavement.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:43 PM   #38
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:59 PM   #39
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She's barely even country at this point, my friend.
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Ahhh, I know. I's just havin a little fun.

I'll be checkin out some of those YouTube clips y'all posted later. Johnny Cash is a very obvious answer but, yes, he is awesome. I particularly enjoy when he infuses some of that dry humor into his songs. There are a good handful of J-Cash songs that actually make me laugh out load. It's that voice.

Also, the line between country and country-rock and alt. country and all those other silly genre labels can become quite blurry.
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Aw, li'l Gaffer.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:10 AM   #42
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How about artistic/poetic country like Whiskeytown/Ryan Adams alt-country stuff, The Jayhawks, Allison Krauss, the country-side of Wilco. I'll take that, the word country is almost pejorative to fans or music composition or songwriting, but some people prove that it doesn't have to be.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:35 AM   #43
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Garth Brooks. Most non-country fans can name at least one song of his that they like. I have his box set, and while there's some shite on there, there's a lot of solid stuff too.

I also listen to John Anderson, whose voice is pure country. Check out "Straight Tequila Night," "Seminole Wind," or "Bend It 'Til It Breaks" if you're so inclined.

And another endorsement for Whiskeytown. If you like Ryan Adams, then there are definitely some Whiskeytown songs you don't want to miss. "Losering," "Sit and Listen to the Rain," "Not Home Anymore," and "Turn Around" are my favorites.
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I always lumped Garth Brooks into that mainstream radio country stuff that's not really my thing .... but I will admit to liking The Thunder Rolls and will inevitably sing along at the top of my lungs if someone sings Friends in Low Places when I'm at a bar doing karaoke.
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