Discussion: Change

Oh, come on. As if there was any way we could post something that didn’t somehow allude to Tuesday night’s events. I know I’m more than ready to hear some non-election news for a change, but sometimes an item is just too present in the public psyche to completely ignore.

Of course, this is a country music site, and I’m not here to offer striking political commentary. But it doesn’t take a pundit to see that the main thrust of Barack Obama’s successful campaign has been the notion of “change.” And since this idea has obviously resonated with a good faction of the American people, it seems like it’d probably be a pretty okay open thread topic, no?

So tonight, I pose a simple, vague, open-ended, college-essay-worthy question, and invite you to answer it as shortly, lengthily, earnestly, jokingly, sweetly, or bluntly as you need to honestly express yourself:

If you could change just one thing about country music today, what would it be?

(Only click on those links if you’re really bored. I was.)


  1. I think if I could change one thing about country music, it would be taking people from within the industry that dont have the respect and appreciation of country music and its history out of the industry. I know too many people that couldnt care one bit less about Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings or Ernest Tubb.

    While I do understand and appreciate the fact that the current lack of ‘countryness’ is a genuine reflection of the far reaching influence of pop, rock, and hip hop to every corner of America, I still think there needs to be a passion for the roots. While interning at a publishing company here in town, I would ride around with my boss listening to his Ipod, or listening to it in the office…and very rarely was a country song played..be that current or classic.

    If the people distributing the songs to the artist dont care anything for country music, how can we expect to ever hear good country music?

  2. Eliminate excessively loud instrumental accompaniment. The singer should not need to shout at the top of his/her lungs to be heard over the din

    It wouldn’t hurt to move the drums back to the background (or eliminate them altogether) either

  3. I would change nothing in todays Roots Country music. In many ways Country Music is better than ever, since many of todays Roots Country artists have so much history and tradition to draw from. As far as Pop Country, I wouldn’t want that to change either. I rather enjoy it’s continual demise.

  4. I would have more women dominating the charts (besides Carrie and Taylor), and I would take country music back into the 90’s era, being the best era of country music (my opinion). Also, I would want to have less poppy-sounding songs being made, and I would keep out some of those annoying crossover stars (guess who I’m thinking of…. >.>)
    That’s what I would change

  5. I would have more women (besides Carrie and Taylor) dominating the charts, and would take country music back to being like the 90’s era (being the best era of country music, in my opinion). I would also stray away from having crossover musicians (guess who I’m thinking of), and I would try to have the artists make great albums with great-quality songs.

  6. I would change the declining sales and make country music so popular (all forms of it) that it’d be the dominant musical genre in the USA and by doing that, it’d have even more passionate fans. Also with that, I’d keep most of the stars their down-to-earth self.

    Also it wouldn’t hurt for radio to play somethin’ with twang more often.

  7. I would just like for thesound to be a little more traditional, make sure that it can at least be identified as country. I would also like to see the labels have more faith in their artist, some more support for them. Also wouldn’t mind if the radio was more willing to trust the listeners with what they want to hear instead of just playing what they think we want to hear.

  8. I second idlewildsouth’s proposed changes …

    Also, I think that CMT and GAC should get away from all the reality shows and movies that have nothing at all to do with country music and go back to playing MUSIC videos.

  9. JR – hmmm – that would make sense — did you see that CMT just annouced the cast for the third season of GONE COUNTRY….heaven help us….

  10. I would change the fact that the industry, although mainly radio, virtually ignores the older artists – especially those still making great music.
    I would also demote any radio programmer over the age of 40…give ’em a taste of their own demographic medicine! heh heh…

  11. I agree with not ignoring the older artists still making great music.

    I’d make Chesney take a ‘real’ vacation from making albums and become an artist again.

    More women too, after the 90’s men ruled the airwaves, and it’s time from not just the music industry but the whole world to give woman equality, and jump off of this macho big guy routine these (and emphasis on this next word) boys think they have going on. This is coming from a 15 year old guy ;)

    The Dixie Chicks also need due respect considering they were treated badly by the industry. And country music needs to jump off this hick thing, being a hick or redneck doesn’t make you country and it’s not what country is truly about.

    So that’s all from the uber annoying Jake ;D

  12. I would hire 4 people to join me as fans who break everything a songwriter uses to write songs when they write a song with this premise:

    “I’m really country and here’s a silly list of things to prove it”

    It’s lazy, uninspired writing and it only gets lazier considering we’ve had roughly 931 songs written with that theme in the past 3 years.

  13. Besides everything else that folks here have mentioned…how about just getting back to the basics of telling stories about rural life? Isn’t that what Country music is supposed to be about?

    And while we’re at it, to paraphrase what David Allan Coe said in 1975, how about more songs about Momma…or trains…or trucks…or prison…or gettin’ drunk?

  14. I’d like to see country music highlight local artists, often performing in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere famous is the hometown of alot of great country artists. Wonder who is out there writing heart-touching, change-your-life songs that we will never get to hear. Maybe country music would benefit from alot more local Blue Bird Cafes. Achieving fame is but one measure of greatness.

  15. I think the other change I would make is to reduce the number of instruments used. THe basic Buckaroos lineup of steel, lead, rhythm and drums should suffice

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