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March 14, 2022

The rebirth of country 

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Jacey Wilson

The country music scene has been making its comeback and all I can say is, it’s about time. 

 The overrated genre is back and bigger than ever, even here, across the pond. So I’m Here to be your country expert and fill you in on the well deserve a country win. 

 Old country is a memorable era far from forgetful, led my the blonde icon Dolly Parton with songs such as “Jolene” and “Coat of Many Colours”, Dolly claimed the throne as the queen of country. 

  Her era continues to impact mainstream music today as an influx of American singers  are releasing new country albums. In Lana Del Rey’s “LASSO” is preparing release and Beyonce has been posing on horseback and dropped her first song “…” on a new album that is rumoured to include a song of Parton’s in the track list. 

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 But it isn’t just a new trend, It’s become a lifestyle after the new face of country took the music industry by storm in 2023 with his self titled album. Zach Bryan dropped hit after hit with the likes of “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves which debuted as the Billboard hot 10’s number 1, and a personal favourite “El’ Dorado”. 

 Zach Bryan is no novice to chart success, with his three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards and his insatiable fanbase who include former president Barrack Obama. Bryans smooth voice, incredible stage presence, and chart topping hits have pushed him to the top of the board along side names such as country pop star Morgan Wallen’s dance along music and Tyler Childers heart throbbing devotion to his wife with “Lady May”.  

Childer’s music being a great demonstration of the passion in Country as he intertwines his love, his faith, and his incredible holler into a masterpiece of a song “feathered Indians” A perfect example on how country can be for everyone. 

 And contrary to popular belief, country is for everyone. It’s a universal platform for all political views, religions and races. It’s not something for bigots to control but a platform for voices and expression amongst artists. The industry has also had a massive crossover with folk lately. Noah Kahan stretches out into every corner of the music world, even creating “Sarah’s Place” with Bryan just a few months ago.  

 Many dislike country, but is showing growing popularity with a 23.7% increase in sales this past yer according to Luminate. It hasn’t just been impacting America, I’ve loved country for years, but this is the first time I have ever seen my favourite section in music shops so busy. The overlooked genre is so deserving of its comeback, country roots are spread across the industry and have some incredible meanings if any Taylor Swift fans are desperate for analysis further than Debut.  

 Country’s Christian origins have created a beautifully complex genre, Psalm 98:4 did say: “make a joyful noise unto the lord” and that is no easy task. Many singers talk of faith directly, some do it more around the edges, but there’s no denying God has shown these singers some love in their incredible talents.   There is much discourse over the ‘twangy’ sounds but people really have to look past the cowboy hats and lasso throwing to see a stunning genre that has so much love and meaning paired with enjoyment.  

 Country is a music genre that has constantly been the butt of the joke. However I have a strong feeling that 2024 is going to be a year of country’s official rise. So I’d pic up your stetson and boots while you still can. 

 

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    james gibbonsJun 12, 2024 at 6:56 am

    Dasha’s ‘Austin’? Anne-Marie duet with Shania? makes ya wanna take the 6 string off your back, and pluck some toe-tapping chords!

    Still love ‘Islands in the Stream’. Old School! Great article, Jacey!!

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    Jacqui Shirley - OrganiserJun 6, 2024 at 3:33 am

    A real insight in to a music genre I know nothing about, thanks

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    Mr DuggalJun 5, 2024 at 10:01 am

    Humourous, well researched and very topical. This was a pleasure to read Jacey. I have been wondering what impact Texas Hold’Em might have on the music scene. It’s safe to say it is a big one!

    Keep up the great work!

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