10 Country Songs (for the none Country fan)
When Es and I first met online, I used to tease him dreadfully about his taste in music. Having grown up in the Mid-West USA, spending time with cowboys and horse people, his taste in music was a reflection of his upbringing. To a European who grew up with the Radio 1 Top 40 every Saturday, his music was amusing. My taste extended beyond the charts into Rock and Metal, Classical and Folk, however I have never heard any Country music that I liked. To me, and my British sensibilities is was all line dancing, cowboy boots and rhinestones.
At the tender age of 17 I worked my nights after college in a Pizza place. The owner was obsessed with Americana and I spent most nights listening to Willy Nelson or Dolly Parton. It quite honestly drove me insane. That was my experience of US Country Music, limited. Even with the advent of the internet I was not exposed to anything which got my auditory sensibilities excited.
Most recently as a nation we have been introduced to the likes of the Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, which are more modern versions of traditional Country music. Equally I think that Country has evolved and moved beyond its cowboy limits, incorporating more recognisable themes with influences from Rock and R&B (not to mention some pretty cute singers). What I do love about Country is the storytelling aspect of the lyrics, so ultimately they are more than just a good tune.
Es introduced me to some good (and some not so good) songs and I now have a small collection in amongst my Apple Music library. In fact I actually walked down the aisle to a Country song which Es shared with me early on in our relationship. This song started the u-turn in my tastes, hence I’ve made it my number one.
So from my perspective I wanted to share with you 10 Country songs which might change your mind about the American institution.