Jason Aldean Roofied Country Music Fans, is Date Raping Their Ears

 

Waylon Jennings would roll over in his grave within 30 seconds of hearing Jason Aldean’s last single. Country has been in a slow downward spiral for a while. Most of today’s “country” stars are just pop-stars in cowboy hats and wranglers singing somebody else’s lyrics with a non-descript, generic, and sometimes fake (Keith Urban) southern twang. I don’t know when the downward spiral started, but I have a feeling Billy Ray’s “Achy Breaky Heart” might have given it a kick start.

Country got its roots and experienced its heyday because of authentic artists singing about what they knew. Today it has deteriorated into song after song of the same recycled bullshit portraying some pop-culture version of what “country” life is like. Jason Aldean is the culmination of country music’s descent into a pop hell. The fact that he even mention’s George Jones’ name in “Dirt Road Anthem” is the musical equivalent of pissing on his grave. Hey Jason, if you really are “swerving like George Jones” then I hope you veer off the road and smash into a fucking tree. He cites his musical influences as George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., and Alabama yet he comes on stage in designer jeans while crooning a 3 minute song about his kind of party. You know what my kind of a party is? A blanket party, where Jason Aldean is the guest of honor.

I can respect any artist doing their own thing but, if Aldean wants to create some bastard child genre of country, hip-hop, and Justin Timberlake he should stop trying to convince his of his small town authenticity. Listening to him sing about the simple life is like hearing Vanilla Ice rap about his life on the hard streets of suburban Miami. He might as well be reading off a teleprompter. My distaste for this new generation of country artists has nothing do to with the actual songs but rather the motive behind it. Country is the most popular genre of music in America right now and money talks. Pretty face and good voice? Check. No musical ability required. If Taylor Swift had been born 10 years earlier she would have been Brittany Spears. Country is where the money is right now so that’s what she did. Alan Jackson’s “Gone Country” pretty much sums the whole situation up.

Of course hipsters feel this way about the music they listen to…but I’m not a bleeding heart hippy who thinks that popular music is evil. I’m all about artists becoming superstars. Who the fuck wouldn’t want to make their millions that way? But they should do it by virtue of being awesome not by becoming a puppet for record labels and music radio to market to the ignorant masses. Country used to stand alone as honest genre of music but it has become part of the popular music monster. The billboard top 100 list is still categorized by genre but, usually the top 10 could be lumped together and titled “Shit People Will Buy This Week”.

There’s no real solution to the problem. As long as this is what’s selling then that’s what we’ll get. I don’t like it but this is America and money is king, and that’s how it should be. There is one shining knight on the horizon though, Justin Bieber is going country to. Rescue us Biebs (*chugs whiskey*starts crying*)

    1. ConserFRATive89

      ^Yep. Blood, Sweat, and Beers tour going on. Went friday night in Saginaw

      12 years ago at 4:11 pm
  1. J Fratpont Morgan

    Other than Eric Church and Jamey Johnson, Nashville is a lost cause. I’ll stick to Hellbound Glory, Ryan Bingham, Turnpike Troubadours, Casey Donahew Band, etc.

    12 years ago at 1:49 pm
    1. Lynchem

      Heard of this guy named Toby Keith? How about George Strait? Both signed to Nashville labels yet are a low more country than Eric Church. I do like Eric Church equally though. Almost forgot Brantley Gilbert.

      12 years ago at 7:14 pm
    2. J Fratpont Morgan

      If you actually think Brantley Gilbert has any songwriting talent, you are no longer allowed to comment on anything related to country music.

      12 years ago at 5:03 pm
  2. sambaker12

    Eric Church was good until “Homeboy” came along. Texas Country is where its at. Wade Bowen, Stoney Larue, Roger Creager…

    12 years ago at 2:26 pm
    1. drill_frat_drill

      Texas Country-FAF

      Wade Bowen-Sigma Chi
      Cory Morrow-Fiji
      Josh Abbott-Phi Delt
      Pat Green-FH (I’ll let this slide)
      Jason Boland-Lambda Chi
      Casey Donahew-Phi Delt
      Jack Ingram-ATO
      Matt Martindale(Cooder Graw)-Delt

      12 years ago at 8:53 pm
  3. Gators and Waders

    country music still has hope from these artists:
    George Strait
    Alan Jackson
    Justin Moore
    Jamey Johnson
    Josh Thompson
    James Taylor(Carolina on my Mind)
    Tracy Byrd
    Tracy Lawrence
    Chris Cagle
    Eric Church(not homeboy)
    Gary Allan(before his wife died)
    Luke Bryan
    Randy Houser
    Hank Williams Jr. and Sr.
    Conway Twitty
    Sammy Kershaw
    Waylon Jennings

    12 years ago at 2:41 pm
    1. fratanomics

      Amen. Just because there is shitty “country” music doesn’t mean there still isn’t quality shit out there. There was even *gasp*shitty 80s music. It just never gets played anymore….because it was shitty. There’s a reason everyone wants to hear Journey and Eddie Money and no one ever hears Pat Benetar.

      12 years ago at 3:40 pm
    2. TFM Interns Boss

      Amen about Pat Benetar. Had to let my intern know shit like that isn’t allowed to be played in the office at work.

      12 years ago at 3:42 pm
    3. better_than_you

      Excellent list Gators. I also listen to a lot of smaller folks that i find on reverbnation.

      12 years ago at 9:38 pm
    4. ZseventyFrat

      Trace Adkins
      Green River Ordinance
      Willie Nelson
      Rhett Atkins
      David Lee Murphy (Dust on the Bottle, of course)
      Chris LeDoux

      12 years ago at 1:24 pm
  4. tits

    Brad Paisley is a huge badass at guitar. He doesn’t use generic country topics all the time either. He shows hope for country as far as modern day country music artists are concerned. And Willie Nelson is missing on the list above.

    12 years ago at 3:20 pm
    1. Vnecks and Cardigans

      Are you fucking kidding me? All he sings about is booze, fishing, and women,

      12 years ago at 4:27 pm
    2. RagnarDanneskjold

      There is something more important than booze, fishing, and women?

      What is it?

      12 years ago at 4:40 pm
    3. Vnecks and Cardigans

      Y’all must be some type of geniuses or something. I was saying that the only thing Brad Paisley sings about are “generic country topics.”

      12 years ago at 10:01 am
      1. drill_frat_drill

        ^ this. Best guitarist in country today in my opinion. Could care less about a lot of his songs, but the guy’s talented.

        12 years ago at 8:32 pm