There is country music and there is pure honest country music.
Exhibit A: Walk of Shame by Nikki Lane. Worth it for title song alone. Another example of just how much country music is about poor life choices. The rest of the album is quality work as well. Her twang is natural and wraps around the words in way that reminds me of old time AM country radio in South.
Exhibit B: Platinum by Miranda Lambert Ya gotta love a woman who has her AR-15 tricked out with Zebra stripes. Throw in that she has yet another collection of country songs that makes Hank Williams smile up in Hillbilly Heaven, and you’re all set to kick back on the porch with your best girl and a couple of sixes of long necks on ice.
Exhibit C: Blame the Vain by Dwight Yoakam Yup, he’s still around and making music for your classic shit kickin’ redneck, and those who have never been within a furlong of a cow patty, but appreciate the music. Intentional Heartache and Three Good Reasons are stand out classic Dwight. I played this on the ride home the other day, and I really didn’t give a damn about the traffic. Just for the record, the commute still beats working with dairy cattle.
I first heard Andy’s Automatics on Pandora, which lead me to track down and buy their album, Things Have Changed.
The one review on Amazon describes them as a Wisconsin bar band. I’m betting they are a hoot to see live.
It’s good rocking country singing about hot lady cops, the problems of being a traveling band, and dealing with evil women.
Check it out!
I listen to a fair amount of music, have seen my share of live shows, and I have to say, there is nothing quite like American Honky Tonk music. Which I consider to be a good thing. Your mileage may vary on this point.
A prime example is Stacie Collins. She has two albums out.
Excellent examples of the genre.