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.