Jason Aldean is a dude whose redneck class anthem stars a heavy fucking riff that keeps coming at you. Bering Strait are a band from Russia seemingly obsessed with the Fairport Convention side of Fleetwood Mac. Erika Jo is a teenager from Nashville Star who kicks off her debut with a hard rocker about breaking things (not to be confused with Miranda Lambert, whose debut starts with a hard rocker about burning things). Hot Apple Pie have a soft spot for "Spiders & Snakes" basslines, the Band crossing the great divide, and Lionel Richie easy on a Sunday morning. Lari White's title constitutes a blatant r&b move; the attached album peaks with her falling from Eden with a son of a preacher man, though Sophie B. Hawkins, Lisa Stansfield, and smooth jazz are in there too. And Chely Wright's latest hit concerns a drowning, and climaxes with a repeated melodic motif that a close friend of mine traces back to "Hurdy Gurdy Man." So. Still think all Nashville country sounds the same?
TERRY ALLEN The Silent Majority (Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits)
semi-old-timey semi-bluesy semi-Tex-Mexed country weirdo outtakes
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