Three Reasons Why I Really Don’t Like Country Music

I consider myself a tolerant person, open-minded, moderate, appreciative and welcoming of all points of view, opinions and tastes.

Except, that is, when it comes to country music.

With apologies to the hoards of avid fans of country music across the US – and to my colleague and friend Steve who posted about why he loves country music –  these are three reasons why country music makes every fiber in my body scream “nnnooooooo!!”

  1. It has no soul. I find country music so one-dimensional. Me, I need music that literally moves me. Rhythm. Depth. I want to shake my groove thang and get down. Foot thumping or thigh slapping ain’t going to cut it. Never mind the two-step; I want to bump and grind.
  2. It’s too twangy. To my uneducated, British ears, I hear the same strummed notes in every, single country track making it difficult to distinguish one singer or song from another. And each twang grates a little more than the one before it.
  3. It’s all one big sob story. And why does it have to be so literal? “Get your tongue out of my mouth cause I’m kissing you goodbye.” “I spent a lifetime lookin’ for you. Single bars and good time lovers were never true. Playing a fools game, hopin’ to win. Tellin’ those sweet lies and losin’ again.” “Sometimes its hard to be a woman. Giving all your love to just one man.” And so on.

Admittedly, it’s not all bad. I actually enjoy listening to some Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. And I love my cowboy boots. But please, for the sake of my sanity – and yes my productivity when at work – don’t inflict hours of country music on me!

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  1. Check out James Wesley’s new song Walking Contradiction — country mixed with a little rock!

  2. Country is pretty broad. I think you need to check out more bluegrass stuff. I love Lady Antebellum, but Dixie Chicks are where I first discovered “hey, this country-stuff is not that bad.” Plus, Allison Krauss. I seriously don’t know anyone who can’t love Allison Krauss. Or, feel free to ignore me. That’s what my kids do.

    • Ha! I can appreciate that country is broad. And I’m open to checking out new artists. But this soul sister will always be a Motown, R&B, pop & disco lover!!

  3. I came across your post while trying to get my head around the vision for a new music project I’m putting together. I’ve been a musician for almost 40 years and have played it all – rock, jazz, funk and country. I’ve been playing recently in two mainstream country bands and couldn’t agree more with your points. However, I’m seeing how country music is embracing more traditional rock sounds and I believe there’s a HUGE opening for country influenced music that can really groove not just twang… kinda New Orleans funk meets Nashville.

  4. Marci Clark

     /  March 11, 2019

    I soooooo agree. My husband loves it, plays guitar well and if I hear “Millionaire” one more time I’m going to freak out…..give me some Queen, Nine Inch Nails, AC/DC for Pete’s sake


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