The current state of country music is in a state of (how shall I put this), let’s just say it’s more disappointing than not. Don’t get me wrong I listen to it and there is some good tunes coming out, but the majority is more pop than country.
So, this month I’d like to
remind everyone what country music was, through the decades, with what I
like to call, The Defining Sound on the Decade.
We’ll start with
the 50’s and 60’s: this is when people were introduced to Rockabilly.
When country music was being melded with rock and roll and one of the
most influential singers of the time, Johnny Cash and his breakthrough
hit Folsom Prison Blues.
In the 1970’s, came the iconic sound of
“The Outlaws”, and outlaw country was born. The most notable outlaw of
all was Waylon Jennings and with the help of Willie Nelson, they put
together some of the best collaborations I think of. A favorite of
mine, Luckenbach, TX.
The 1980’s was the decade that brought us
“Honky Tonk” and set the scene for a young man from Texas to become “The
King of Country”, George Strait, and a string of number one hits that
spanned 4 decades, it all started with his first, Fool Hearted Memory.
1990’s. In 1989, a fella from Tulsa, OK, changed the sound of country
music again. With his sound and crazy concerts, “Modern Country” was
born. Garth Brooks, was/is a worldwide sensation and it all started
with his hit Much Too Young…
The 2000’s country music was looking
for its identity. Meanwhile, a new culture was brewing and going
strong in OK and TX, they call it “Red Dirt” and sometime in the 2000’s
it went nationwide and changed country music again. I know that our
host in a fan of Randy Rogers Band and one of my favorites from them is
Better Than I Ought To Be.