How Country Music is Underrated

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Country music has been around for ages, and is one of America’s biggest music genres — but it’s also one that tends to be the butt of jokes. In fact, most people probably can’t count on ten fingers and toes people they know who adore country music, but can immediately list a couple who don’t like it? Are they crazy? No, everyone’s entitled to their opinion of music, but they certainly don’t know what they’re missing out on! A majority of people who don’t like country claim it’s something to do with the stereotypes… “tractor” this, and “truck” that, and “oh my girl left me, let me down another beer.” Honestly, if we chalked music down to the stereotypes, then we wouldn’t have the variety and unique perspectives that each genre brings. So, here are our three reasons why country music is underappreciated and underrated.

Okay, so there are many songs that are about farming and pickup trucks and booze, but there is a lot more to it than that!

If you embrace the southern charm, these common themes can actually be quite fun — providing a lightheartedness that isn’t often seen in other genres. Additionally, in recent years, country music has undergone a tremendous change in the sense that we don’t just have what people used to call “hillbilly music,” we have different sub-genres. Country is probably one of the most versatile form of music, because you can pair it with just about anything. Don’t believe me? Hello -- Old Town Road, anyone? And remember where Taylor Swift started?

She wants someone to call her angel,
Someone to put the light back in her eyes,
She's looking through the faces,
And unfamiliar places,
She needs someone to hear her when she cries.

-Holy Water, Big & Rich

Country music also has a little bit of something for every human emotion that can be put to words.

There are songs about life (“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw), love (“Amazed” by Lonestar), lust (“The Fireman” by George Strait), hate and revenge (“These Boots are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra), sadness (“What Hurts the Most” by Rascall Flatts), and everything in between!

Someday, I hope you get the chance…
To live like you were dying,
Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you've got eternity to think about
What you'd do with it.
What could you do with it?
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?

-Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw

Country music is also vastly popular for the stories that they tell, and who doesn’t love a good story?

A good country song has simple yet powerful lyrics that take your on the journey with them; and while it’s true that any good song will do that, country music relies on those stories to couple with their oftentimes limited instrumental makeup. Couple the two together, and you can feel the heartbreak, or the butterflies in your stomach, or the hot seed of anger in the pit if your belly. That’s their goal: to make you FEEL something.

We call them strong,
Those who can face this world alone,
Who seem to get by on their own,
Those who will never take the fall.

We call them weak,
Who are unable to resist the slightest chance love might exist,
And for that forsake it all.
They're so hell-bent on giving, walking a wire,
Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the fire.

-Standing Outside the Fire, Garth Brooks

 If you’re a die-hard country fan, or a newcomer testing the waters of the genre, the only logical place for you to be this Labor Day Weekend (August 30th - September 1st) is the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida! You’ll get to see legends like Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and Kid Rock! Come get your toes wet!

Brian Siegel