I come from Devon, England. Which, if you’ve been, you’ll of realized is full of tradition and folk/ country music. When I was younger I taught myself to line dance and thrived off of my nana’s love for the genre. She still blares the country music channel through the house at 11.00pm! I feel the genre itself incorporates raw emotion unlike any other genre I’ve heard. Country music is built upon a foundation of real life stories/ feelings and reveals emotions and life experiences that really allow you to connect and relate with the artist/ songwriter on another level. Additionally, the country genre seems lesser based on the exterior of the artists and focuses more on the performance and talent of the individual, which is refreshing in such a superficial society! These are some great country songs ( in my opinion the best) so if you’ve just started listening to the genre, this is a great place to start! I’ve put a link to each song next to it’s description 🙂 :
1.Patty Griffin – Nobody’s Crying ( Not likely! I always cry like a baby when listening to this song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGlNEbFuN9g
2. Rascal Flatts – Here comes goodbye ( Although not written by the band, tells a really powerful story of loss and is a massive tear jerker). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17VudJ6lr4k#aid=P7QjH0JURtA
3. The Band Perry – If I Die Young (This song got me as soon as I heard it). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM
4. Dixie Chicks – Top of the World (Need I say any more. It’s the Dixie Chicks. They are #uh-mazing). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P7tejGaEto
5. Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojL_35QlSI
6. Dolly Parton – Letter to Heaven ( When my Nana showed me this song, I wept, as did she, for ages even after it stopped playing. Such an emotional story). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBq1s1AB2Uc
7. Jana Kramer – Hope it Rains ( I love how angry this song is but is still so fun/ not too offensive!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e0detkCdDE
8. Tammy Wynette – D.I.V.O.R.C.E ( Tammy Wynette is a true inspiration to me for having lived through many unfortunate situations and using music as a coping mechanism to get through – much like myself). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=912DKxD0H1U
9. Miranda Lambert – Mama’s Broken Heart ( Although written by fellow country artists Brandy Clarke, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves it is such an upbeat song that just makes me want to be wreckless and crazy and re live the months post – first love breakup which definitely included too much alcohol consumption and trashy behavior!) Plus, the music video is hilarious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yg05svXp98
10. Shania Twain – I’m gonna Getcha Good ( This isn’t my favorite of all of her songs but when it came out on the TV in 2002, I remember being so excited that Shania had made such a dramatic comeback even if she was a little less folky and a bit more poppy! She has so much attitude and it’s a great track). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Pb3EJY5Qg
I remember listening to every song on Shania Twain’s album : ‘ The Woman in Me’ on repeat for months and months when I was really young and this is probably where my love for this genre stemmed from. Listen to the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPq1_downB4&list=PL2aM8CK6Z5RVjCtDd6UIsjB397m5Sxwys
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