For those of you who think country music isn’t for you, here are 13 reasons you need to stop what you’re doing and try it. From country vet Tim McGraw to newcomers like Sam Hunt, country music has some of the sexiest men on the planet who can rock the hell out of a cowboy hat, wear boots with the best of them and look damn good in a tight t-shirt. Oh, and they can sing. See which hot cowboys made our top 13 and prepare to be converted, my friends.
My favorite thing about country music is the focus on storytelling. Country songs are full of vivid characters and tales of heartbreak and hi-jinks. I think this is why, sometimes when I’m listening to country, I start feeling like a different character myself. The funny thing is, it’s not necessarily the character featured in the song I’m listening to, it’s a character within myself that can only be awakened by a certain combination of lyrics and banjo chords. For example, the other day when my boyfriend Nick got home from work, I said hi and then immediately began railing against “big city fat cats” who don’t understand the values of the REAL America. Nick shook his head and said, “You’ve been listening to ‘Flyover States’ again, haven’t you?” Oops. Guilty. Here is a rundown of my five main country music alter egos and the songs that trigger them… Keep reading »
If you didn’t yet hear the sad news, Luke Bryan fell off a stage while doing some intense hip gyrating during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday. He managed to get back up and finish the song, but later took to Twitter to reveal he’d needed to get stitches after the show. Our reaction? POOR LUKIE POOKIE WE WILL KISS IT AND MAKE IT ALL BETTER!!! In the spirit of altruism and public service, we would like to selflessly volunteer to help nurse Luke back to health in any of the following ways: Keep reading »
In light of songs like “Donkey” (shudder) taking over the mainstream country airwaves, I feel the need to even things out a bit by presenting some evidence that good country music is still being made, even if radio stations insist on plugging their ears and yelling “LALALALA” when confronted with any artist that’s not Florida Georgia Line. So here’s one I’m loving right now: “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink (And Fall In Love),” by LA-based country singer Sam Outlaw. It’s a honky tonk ballad perfect for a hot summer day sipping whiskey on the porch. And the video, in which the song is masterfully lip synced by some adorable kids for a crowd of stuffed animals, is just too good not to share. Enjoy! [YouTube]
There’s a disturbing buzz building in Nashville right now. It’s reminiscent of the sound of the T-Rex approaching in “Jurassic Park.” At first, it’s just a faint vibration, then a loud, sickening THUMP, then a deafening roar, and suddenly you’re stuck between its jaws, being eaten alive, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The advancing predator I’m referring to in this case, though, isn’t a dinosaur; it’s a country song called, “Donkey.” Keep reading »
Country music is currently dominated by vapid “bro country” bands and pop-infused megastars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. If mainstream country isn’t you thing, we can’t blame you (although we do encourage you to check out Luke Bryan’s butt, which transcends all genres). However, if you’ve been writing country off completely, you’re seriously missing out. Look beyond the top 40 countdowns, and there are some truly amazing bands making music in the country/folk/Americana category right now. Thoughtful lyrics? Check. Lovely harmonies? Check. Banjos? Double check. Whether they’ve been recording under the radar for years or are just making their debut, here are 11 emerging folk/country artists we can’t get enough of. Keep reading »