Commercial Country Music has many Pop music elements- as well as Pop music has Country elements- both genres influenced each other. Modern Country and Western originted as we know it by the likes of Hank Williams, Sr. There are many styles and stylists of Country Music- including Country-Pop, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Jazzy Country, New Wave Country, Country-Soul, and Country-Blues. Country Music is essentially song driven- which is why to some non fans describe the songs being too similar. Country Music is actually a very eclectic and broad genre which encompasses folk, rock, and other styles as well. Country Music can be traced back to Celtic music traditions, and has evolved over a period of time . Country Music ranges from a very twangy sound, to a very smooth sound- with much of it in between. Most themes in Country are rural, but it has expanded with mostly songs that simply tell stories- urban or rural. A majority of Country songs have repetition in them and rely heavily on a strong chorus and hooks.
Ironically as traditional as Country Music can be- it has had much innovation and creative influence over the years, and some of the best singers and songwriters of any genre of Popular Music.
Record companies have appropriated it for their own profit as they will with any great artistic movement. Insipid, voiceless dandies with the depth of wading pools have been propped up as the new "idols." Irresponsible and uninformed political rhetoric has usurped the lyrical foreground, alienating many fans and completely betraying the music's original status as art for the everyman, while mediocrity and uniformity sum up the musical direction.
If we can ever be blessed again by another visionary, a Williams Sr., a Cash, a Cline, or a Miller, maybe things will change. But for now, country music remains a brutally raped and distorted picture of art stolen from the artists.
Now, country music is basicly just badly done rock-guitar pop-ballads (or repitive piano pop-ballads) with such themes as "My Wife Left Me", "Im Leaving my Husband", "my Spouse is Dead or a thousnad miles away and i am lonley", and "Drinking Songs", sung by untalented Males who all try to sound the same, and females who either sing like a hurt timid female, or a Strong Independent Woman Who is Leaving Her Boyfriend For Some Unknown Reason.
Hell, modern country wouldnt even be considered country music if it didnt include that stupid highpitched country noise (i cant describe it. If you have heard country music, you know what im talking about) made by some unknown instrument.
"I love this Bar"
yankee: no thanks, i enjoy having a normal intelligence level.
bumpkin: you got a real purdy mouth boy. mmm...
yankee: excuse me?
bumpkin: ain't no body gonna hear you squeal piggy! YEEEEEHAWWW!!!
Real Country Fan"Compared to a 14 year old girl he may be a Badass,but I really doubt it"