Drove through the south recently and did my best to find some good country stations to listen to.
I found a great classic country station and I listened to it until I lost the signal. Reminded me how many great country songs there are out there. Songs for the patriots, the outlaws, the losers, the drinkers. All the highs and lows of life and a great musical style to boot.
But the majority of stations I found were new country. The most preening, pussified, shit music I've ever heard. It sounds like today's top-40 pop music with a twangy accent. And 90% of the lyrics are over-the-top, whipped, pussy-on-the-pedestal garbage. I mean, good love songs have their place, and I'm all about respecting wahmen and all that, but this was on another level. Like they neutered country or something.
What happened? Did they drop a gay bomb on the south sometime in the past decade? Is it that classic country has the benefit of time that's let us sift through and remember what's truly the best? Or am I wrong about this and there is some good newer country music being produced? (If the latter, please share something you like -- the last thing I need is another thing to be cynical about.)