It’s been a crazy week to say the least. I just came back from a short trip to Marfa, TX (aka my fave place in Texas). I had a few friends who were already planning on making the trip out there, so I decided to go, so we could all shoot while we were there. I NEVER pass up a chance to go to Marfa, especially when it means I can get some amazing photos out of it. Safe to say, the preview of the photos are pretty great. I’ll be sure to post a full recap of my trip, along with all the fun photos from the weekend, as soon as they’re edited!
When I came back yesterday, I quickly had a reality check, when I started preparing for my move. I’m moving this weekend, and since I was out of town all last weekend, I’m trying to get everything together and organized all this week, which is definitely a little stressful. I’ll be super happy when I’m all moved in, and my place is organized just the way I like it. I usually can’t relax until I’m completely moved in and organized, so I usually end up moving in all in one day. Anyone else like this?? #OCDproblems
Amidst my long list of to-do’s for this week, I wanted to make sure I got this post up, because I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on country music, and my country music playlist, for a while now. I’ve always loved country music, and recently, I’ve come up with my own theory about this musical genre. The theory can be summed up in how I break down my country music in to two categories – Country Western and Pop Rock Country.
The Country Western category of county music stems from the sounds of Texas, and Texas artists. This is my fave of the two categories, as this type of music emphasizes the sounds of the steel guitar and the zither, which happen to be my favorite sounds in country music. Personally, I call this type of music REAL country music – think more traditional country music (1970’s sounds), with actual country instruments in the songs and the cowboy/outlaw mentality that shows through with these type of artists. My favorite artists associated with the Country Western genre include Willie Nelson, Midland, George Strait, The Texas Gentlemen and Kacey Musgraves (her first two albums). To really get the gist of this type of country, just take a listen to my Country Western Spotify playlist, below.
This second genre I have a lot of opinions about (remember, these are only opinions, people. So don’t get your panties in a wad trying to convince me why Sam Hunt is the best thing that’s happened to country music, because I’ll never agree with you). Pop Rock Country is made up of almost all the new country music that you hear on the radio these days. Most of the songs on the Billboard top 50 each week fall in to this category. This music stems from Nashville, and it’s a lot popier in sound. I actually have a hard time even calling a lot of this new country music actual country music, because a lot of it actually sounds waayyyy more like pop rock music (hence, the Pop Rock Country category), than anything else. These artists are sporting “street wear” as their main get up – sneakers, flat bill hats and sweatshirts, actual SWEATSHIRTS (it’s kind of tragic). It’s rare to find any new country artists who even owns a cowboy hat, much less dares to wear one on stage or in a music video.
I also have a hard time finding any creativity in the songs – literally almost every top country hit on the radio sings about the same thing – trucks, whiskey, cutoff shorts and, ironically, listening to songs on the radio. The lyrics are all the same, so yea, lack of creativity for sure. Because the city of Nashville and country music in general has become somewhat trendy over the past few years, it’s become TOTALLY commercialized, which is downright disappointing, in my opinion.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not like you won’t catch me listening to this type of music on occasion. Hey, I’m even planning on attending Stagecoach next year, whose lineup pretty much is filled with all the popular artists ATM. I enjoy listening to the trendy collaborations between FGL and the random EDM DJ just as much as the next person, but I take the music for what it is. Definitely not real country music, and if you call it anything more than that, it’s just wrong (and you probably should go listen to a George Jones or Merle Haggard record and educate yourself, but, I digress).
So, in honor of sharing my country music opinions with you all, I’ve included my Country Western Spotify playlist, below. Take a listen and let me know what your thoughts! Who should be added or taken off this playlist?? Do you guys have any opinions about today’s popular country music?
Photos by Katya Isbell