How Country Music Went Crazy: A Comprehensive Timeline Of The Genre’s Identity Crisis

Music is now almost always consumed in cars, and over phones and plastic computer or Bluetooth speakers. If there’s an imminent “death” on the horizon, it will surely strike MP3 players and iPods. Phones have already taken over as the portable music players of choice. Do you know anyone who still uses a MP3 player, one that’s not also a phone? Today’s bands and record labels know their audiences aren’t listening at home on a stereo, so they have to make sure the music’s volume never changes. That way the listeners can hear it well enough in the noisiest of places. That’s why engineers compress music, compression boosts the softer sounds, and flattens the really loud bits, so it all comes out sounding the same. From a whisper to a scream, it’s all equally loud. Adding a little extra zing to the mix helps it cut better over the lowest-fi Bluetooth speakers, especially when there’s lots of competing sound on the beach or park or other settings. And since most BT speakers are just one speaker, mono is well on its way to replacing stereo over speakers. They haven’t figured out how to lose stereo over headphones just yet, but given enough time I’m sure it will happen. Of course, folks who occasionally listen in quieter places, over decent speakers or headphones, are rightfully appalled by the sound. They voice their outrage on various forums , including this blog , but we more attentive listeners are just a tiny minority. Most folks happily consume overly compressed and processed music, and sadly, I can’t see that changing anytime soon. That’s reality; the engineers will continue to skew their mixes by pumping up the midbass and adding sizzle to the treble, so the sound cuts through the murk.

I dont know if itll ever be back on mainstream radio. You cant get it played anymore. September 10: Kacey Musgraves earns 6 CMA Award nominations After just a few months in the mainstream consciousness, Musgraves tied Taylor Swift as the most-nominated artist of the year, clearly illustrating Nashvilles two schools of thought about the state of modern country. September 12: Gary Allan says Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are pop artists When asked by Larry King about Swift and Underwood, the singer responded, I would say theyre pop artists making a living in the country genre You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew instantly it was the country station just by listening to it, and now youve got to leave it there for a second to figure it out. The star later released a handwritten note to country radio to stay in programmers good graces September 14: Zac Brown calls Thats My Kind of Night the worst song Ive ever heard The beanie-wearing strummer told a Canadian radio station that Luke Bryans single was the worst song ever. I love Luke Bryan and hes had some great songs, but this new song is the worst song Ive ever heard, Brown said. Country fans and country listeners deserve to have something better than that, a song that really has something to say, something that makes you feel something. Good music makes you feel something. When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs. Listen at the 2:00 mark. September 17: Jason Aldean tells Zac Brown nobody gives a shit what u think on Instagram September 25: Jason Aldean says artists shouldnt bash other artists Theres certain artists I really like what they do and certain artists Im not that big of a fan, he told The Province . But Im not publicly going to go out and trash em. I know Zac, I dont have anything against the guy, hes always been cool to me, but I didnt like that. And of course Lukes one of my best friends and it rubbed me wrong. You dont have to go out and say those things. I dont agree with any artist bashing another artist. September 26: Scotty McCreery criticizes truck songs on new album The American Idol winners new disc will include a song called Something More, which, according to MJs Big Blog , contains the lyric: By now I think Ive heard every line there is to hear about a truck. When 20-year-olds start speaking out about the quality of bro country songs, then you know the backlash is brewing in earnest. September 28: Sheryl Crow laments the lack of women on country radio Though the singer, whos making a transition into country with her latest record, told The Hollywood Reporter s Chris WIllman, I cant really be critical of the country format, because Im the newbie there, she did express frustration that country radio doesnt support more women .

Skillet Is Starting to Win Mainstream Music Fans

October 3, 2013 (AP) By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Skillet has long been much more than a pan to Christian music fans, but a new set of mainstream music lovers are starting to get to know the rock band that has been around since the mid-1990s. Skillet released its eighth album, “Rise,” this June coming off its best-selling album, “Awake,” which went platinum after three years. But singer John Cooper hardly feels famous. “I like to tell people that Skillet is biggest selling band that you’ve never heard of,” said Cooper at his home in Kenosha, Wis. “People think I’m famous all the time, but they don’t know who Skillet is,” he said. “They always think I’m somebody else. They always think I’m Johnny Knoxville or Ryan Seacrest or somebody like that.” Off stage, Cooper and his wife, Korey, who also plays guitar and keyboards, live far from the spotlight in Kenosha, a southern Wisconsin city of about 100,000 people where Korey grew up. She has family nearby and her father started a church in the area in the 1970s. Drummer Jen Ledger, an England native, also lives in Kenosha and attends the same church. John Cooper helped start the band in Memphis 1996, but they’ve had lineup changes over the years. Currently, it’s the Coopers, Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, who lives in Memphis. He joined in 2011, and “Rise” was his first album with the band. They’ve continually won over Christian rock fans, even being nominated in 2005 and 2007 for Grammy Awards in the best rock gospel album category.

Music Notes: A Day to Remember closes summer to remember

That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We dont encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and its associated media. You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesnt see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Dont be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because theyre making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you cant recognise those who do not. I repeat, you have enough talent that you dont need to let the music business make a prostitute of you.

Sinead O’Connor pens open letter to Miley Cyrus: ‘Don’t let the music business make a prostitute of you’

Cheap Trick was probably the biggest disappointment.” Mac Miller, who sold out First Niagara Pavilion last summer, underperformed a bit, he said, doing 3,100. A few shows, like The National and Rancid, sold out inside and could have been moved outdoors, but, he noted, some bands prefer to play to a packed indoor club. “Our real big shows,” Mr. Stienecker said, “are the ones that appeal to college and young professionals. That’s your concert-going age.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday for the sold-out Rockstar Energy Presents A Day to Remember’s House Party Tour with All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonders. Meat Puppets + 1 When the Meat Puppets play Club Cafe on Saturday, it will be the band’s first trip here with a third Kirkwood, and it’s not a long-lost brother. Curt Kirkwood, who fronts the band with his bassist brother Cris, has enlisted the services of his 29-year-old son Elmo as a second guitarist. The genre-defying punk/psych/folk group from Arizona helped keep the ’80s safe for guitar bands with such classic albums as 1985’s “Meat Puppets II” and 1985’s “Up on the Sun” and got its biggest exposure when Kurt Cobain invited the Puppets to appear on Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged in New York.” The band, which has played amazing shows here at the Decade, Graffiti and Mr. Smalls, among other spots, plays its most intimate venue yet, Club Cafe, touring on its 14th album, “Rat Farm.” “It’s going to be real blown up folk music,” Curt said about the album in a statement. “I tried to write stuff that would be kind of easy to learn and easy to play, try and get it to stand on its own that way — just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight. I think that was the guiding boundaries that I gave myself.” “I didn’t want to get too complicated. It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, Cris would go, ‘Well, that’s all there is? Let’s put a prog rock part in the middle.’ But I tried to hold it off as much as I could.