I grew up around country music. I have watched it change a lot over the years, and I have seen a lot of great country music singers, but to me, old time country music is still the best, and will always have a very special place in my heart.
One of the first country artists I ever remember hearing was the great Hank Williams. My father would play his music all the time, and the movie “Your Cheatin’ Heart” was a regular fixture in our household.
I looked through my personal music collection the other day, and I found that the vast majority of my country CDs were of old time country music artists. Guys like Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings are among my favorites, and I have found that the more recent country artists just really don’t do it for me.
I think one of the things that most appeals to be about the old time country music is that it told such great stories. Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” was an entire album that basically told one continuous story through a series of songs.
It also seems that the older country singers really understood what it was to be country artists. They were not trying to appeal to fans of other styles of music, and they certainly weren’t trying to make country music into rock or popular music.
The old time country music singers knew exactly who they were and where they came from, and they sang for people who were from the same kinds of places and would understand what they were talking about.
The thing that I always find most interesting is that when I meet new people and ask them if they like country music, most of them act like it’s stupid or beneath them. Some people will reluctantly admit that they like some of it, but prefer a more mainstream style of music such as rock n’ roll or rhythm and blues.
I will even hear people do their impression of country music singers, and almost always they will parody the old time country music performers with real thick twangs, singing about something inane. Yet, when you read reports about the music that Americans are listening to, country music stations are almost always the most popular and abundant.
I really love the old time country music singers and still listen to them on a regular basis. I really don’t care if people make fun of me for it, because it was how I was raised. I do like some modern country, and I listen to a few of today’s country artists, but for me, the older guys and girls are still the best.