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In Defense Of Country Music

For the past 15 years or so, Country music has been slowly getting fucked to death by the rrrmusic industry. What was once a deeply heartfelt rand truly original genre of American music rrrhas turned into a amalgamated Frankenstein's Monster of insipid pop, dumbed down rock, rand rrinbred jingoistic sentiment, only referred to as Country because the douchebag singer rwith rrrthe tight t-shirt and the 500$ cowboy boots has a southern rtwang. Every time Jason rrAldean rrshits out some faux-redneck rcolloquialism about big green tractors and eating rrcornbread and rbiscuits Hank Williams' corpse shits itself and tries to claw its way out of its rrcoffin to rstranglefuck whichever corporate fuckwit wrote his lyrics. So it's really no surprise rrthat rCountry music has come to be so vilified by the younger generations of music lovers, rrmany of rwhom have only been exposed to the saccharine dreck being churned out by the rrpopular rrrmainstream country artists today. But the examples of Country music rthat show ran runtold rrdepth and emotion are more than a redeeming rfactor for what we see in the rrmainstream. rWould you dismiss Metal as a genre because all you'd heard on the radio was rrAvenged rSevenfold and r(fuck me) Three Days Grace? And so, I present these albums for rrrconsideration, albums that may not even entirely convince you that country still isn't a shit rrrgenre, but should at least give you some insight into what's really at the heart and soul of rrthe rmusic.
1 Loretta Lynn
Don't Come Home A Drinkin'

The first truly awesome chick in Country music.
2Randy Travis
Storms of Life

One of the greatest country artists of all time and all anyone gives a shit about is
"hurr drunk driving, hurr got divorced now his life's a wreck hurr hurr."
fuck off.
3Hank Williams Jr
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound

The family tradition continues in fine form.
4Ray Wylie Hubbard
A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There Is No C

The thinking man's country music
5George Jones
My Very Special Guests

Nearly every badass from the 70s is on this album.
6David Allan Coe
Longhaired Redneck

Damn, this guy was a piece of shit. A badass piece of shit who wrote some of the
greatest country songs of all time but nonetheless...
7Dwight Yoakam
This Time

His version of "I want you to want me" is the greatest ever recorded. Also see
"Streets of Bakersfield"
8George Strait
Strait From The Heart

the best of the poppier country artists and one of the few real country legends still
going strong.
9Jerry Jeff Walker
Viva Terlingua

One of the most heartfelt country albums of the '70s, back when everyone was
doing the outlaw honky-tonk scene. Little Bird is one of the most cheerfully sad
songs ever written.
10James Mcmurtry
Walk Between The Raindrops

son of the guy who wrote one of the best Western novels of all time
11Lyle Lovett

Combined country and old time big band/swing
12Joe Ely
Honky Tonk Masquerade
13Guy Clark
Boats to Build
14Steve Young
Rock Salt and Nails

Whoever added this to the database, you have my thanks
15 Fred Eaglesmith
Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline
16Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt
17Dolly Parton
18Steve Earle
The Mountain
19Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages

His most heartrending album, the story of a marriage in decay. Very nearly matches
the flawless Red-Headed Stranger.
20Old Crow Medicine Show

real backwoods sounding shit
21Brock Zeman
Cold Winter Comes Back
22dwight Yoakam
3 Pears
23John Denver

John fuckin' Denver
24Emmylou Harris
Wrecking Ball
25Travis Tritt
Greatest Hits: From the Beginning
26Billy Joe Shaver
Old Five and Dimers Like Me

Waylon took the title track and made it suck.
27Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
28Roy Acuff
Great Speckle Bird
29The Carter Family
Can The Circle Be Unbroken
30 Steve Earle
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
31 Randy Travis
Always & Forever
32The Louvin Brothers
Satan Is Real
33Carl Smith
The Essential Carl Smith (1950-1956)
34Gillian Welch
35Ryan Adams
36The Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three
37Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
For The Last Time
38John Hiatt
Slow Turning
39The Hackensaw Boys
Love What You Do
40Kris Kristofferson
Shake Hands With the Devil
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