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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?


JASON ALDEAN "Hicktown"
(Broken Bow country-rock single)
Sample the album



TERRY ALLEN
The Silent Majority
(Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits)
(Sugar Hill semi-old-timey semi-bluesy semi-Tex-Mexed country weirdo outtakes album)
Stream "Advice to Children" (Windows Media)
Stream "Yo Ho Ho" (Windows Media)
Stream "Home on the Range" (Windows Media)



BERING STRAIT
Pages
(Universal South Russian rural-prog soft-rock psych-folk country-pop album)
Stream "Safe in My Lover's Arms" (Real Audio)
Stream " Oy, Moroz-Moroz" (Real Audio)
Stream "From Ankara to Izmir" (Real Audio)



HAYES CARLL
Little Rock
(Highway 87 alt-country album)
Download "Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long" (MP3)
Download "Down the Road Tonight" (MP3)
Download "Rivertown" (MP3) EUGENE CHADBOURNE
The Hills Have Jazz
(Boxholder post-shockabilly avant-jazz album)





DRIVE BY TRUCKERS
Dirty South Tour: Live at the 40 Watt
(New West Southern rock DVD)
Stream "Where the Devil Don't Stay" (Studio Version) (Windows Media)
Stream "Tornadoes" (Studio Version) (Windows Media)



ERIKA JO
Erika Jo
(Universal South pop-country album)
Stream "I Break Things" (Windows Media)
Stream "Who You Are" (Windows Media)
Stream "There Are No Accidents" (Windows Media)



FANNY GRACE
321 Broadway
(Windswept busker-trained soft-rock pop-country album)
Stream "Sunny Day" (Windows Media)
Stream "Sweet Tea & Cadillacs" (Windows Media)
Stream "Counting on Love" (Windows Media)



HOT APPLE PIE
Hot Apple Pie
(DreamWorks Nashville dance-country album)
Stream "Hillbillies"
Stream "We're Makin' It Up"
Stream "California King"



LARI WHITE
Green Eyed Soul
(Skinny Whitegirl soul-country album)


CHELY WRIGHT "The River"
(Dualtone/Painted Red drone-country single)
Stream "The River"



DWIGHT YOAKAM
Blame the Vain
(New West country album)
Stream "Blame the Vain" (Windows Media)
Stream "Lucky That Way" (Windows Media)
Stream "Intentional Heartache" (Windows Media)
 
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