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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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