Most of the charts have tended to fall in love with country music over the past few years. I’m not just talking about the kind of rustic stuff you still see on the charts these days. Compared to what the real country looked like in its heyday, seeing the country-fication brotherhood of these artists dilute things tends to be a lot more heartbreaking. That doesn’t make good things any less good.
At the risk of sounding like someone’s dad, the golden age of country music has given us some of the most enduring classics of their generation, with songs that had the potential to feature in America’s great songbook. . While there were definitely some heavy hitters in the genre who killed off with their singles, some of the biggest artists were those who featured on the albums, never skimping when the time came to knock out a killer hook or song that. might tear your heart out of your chest.
And that is exactly what we have laid out here today. A collection of some of the best traces of folk, rock and blues mixed into this beautiful little genre called country music. Believe me, after hearing them, you’re going to want to dive beyond the Sam Hunts of the world.
There is a certain segment of the country music crowd that probably thinks the genre’s glory days are long behind them. Since the growing popularity took off with the arrival of people like Garth Brooks, much of what you hear on country radio these days tends to be a softer Willie Nelsons take on the world. And damn it, when you’ve got a queen like this to look back on, it’s not like she’s wrong.
Just under half an hour away, Dolly Parton discovered one of her best song collections of her career. And keep in mind, this is the same woman who wrote stuff like I Will Always Love You, only to go even more sincerely on an album like this. The title song alone is a lot healthier than you might think, about being proud of where you’re from, with darker tracks like If I Lose My Mind, where she watches her man cheat on her.
Sure, there are a few times when it could fall on the wrong side of the cheese, but never once during this album does it seem spurious on Dolly’s part. Even though many artists like to tap into the sappier side of the genre, it does sound like a woman living in the biggest world she could hope for.