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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)