Throwback Thursday: 3.14.13

Luke Bryan came out with a new album this week, but I’m deliberately choosing to cling to his older material. Don’t get me wrong, Luke’s a great performer and I still enjoy some of his newer stuff, but I think in the midst of his “country girl shaking” and spring break shenanigans, he’s wandered away from heartfelt lyrics and a sincere country sound.

I love this song of Luke’s, released five years ago in 2007, because of the picture it paints about growing up with your friends. I don’t tend to miss high school itself, but this song makes me just a bit nostalgic for spending every waking moment with high school friends. It also reminds me of home, and seeing as how I’m home for spring break this week, I felt it was only appropriate for this week’s post.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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New Music Monday- Ashley Monroe’s New Album

To continue on my little “traditional country” kick, I looked into Ashley Monroe’s new album, Like a Rose.

Ashley is a member of The Pistol Annie’s, and her voice contributes wonderfully to the group’s sound, but her solo music has a fantastic sound as well. I am SO in love with her sound. It’s old-timey, but not outdated. She uses a perfect amount of musical elements to add some old-fashioned flair.

Here’s the video for the title track:

 

If you enjoy this song, you can find Ashley’s new album Like a Rose on iTunes here.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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Keeping tradition alive

This week, one of my roommates made the comment that “a lot of the country on the radio right now isn’t all that country.” I’d have to agree that country music these days is influenced by different genres, such as pop, rock, and even rap (who would’ve seen that one coming?). Some people argue that those influences are taking the country out of country music, but I personally enjoy the variety of styles. I’ll jam out to Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” but I’ll also crank up the Patsy Cline, Alan Jackson, and Diamond Rio, believe me.

There are some current artists out there who haven’t strayed from a more traditional country sound. One of my favorite traditional artists in today’s scene is Easton Corbin. I love hearing his latest single, “All Over the Road” on the radio. I think part of the reason I like Easton’s music so much is because his songs paint a picture of a life lived straightforward. He’s honest and down-to-earth, and he sings about appreciating the small things, like riding around town and goofing off with the one you love in “All Over the Road.”

The video for the song is actually quite hilarious…

His sound really reminds me of George Strait. In fact, the first time I heard Easton’s song “Roll With It,” on the radio, I was convinced that George Strait’s voice had changed and that’s who was actually singing.

So, no matter what changes may come, I hope the welcoming, lively, honest, historically-rooted culture of the country music world sticks around. As long as they keep the music as heartfelt as I’ve always known it to be, I’ll certainly keep listening.

What kind of twang tickles your fancy– traditional country, modern, or a mix of both?

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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