Country Music Blogs And Their Golden Age Counterparts
I try to post the latest news in country music here at The 9513 as often as possible (usually in the mornings), but wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of other websites that provide the news. Generally it’s established media sites, but occasionally I’ll come across some gems on different country music blogs. Blogs usually have better articles as well because the authors voice their opinions and people can respond via comments. Basically you’re not being force fed everything as absolute truth, you can argue or add your own input and participate in a conversation. I’ve subscribed to numerous feeds to help me in my search for news, but I thought it was worth highlighting some of the blogs that I read. To add a little twist I’ve decided to compare the respective blogs to traditional country music singers from the Golden Age to add a little fun to it.
Country Universe – Roger Miller
The authors over at Country Universe stay on top of their singles reviews and Grammy coverage. I thought it was only fitting that they get assigned Mr. Grammy himself (before Vince Gill came along), Roger Miller. Like Miller’s music, they’re not specific to one sub-genre of country music. They cover it all
from mainstream to Americana.
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Young George Jones
Visit the complete profile in the left hand sidebar and you’ll quickly notice that the writer’s only listed interest is drinking. While a lot of artists are/were known for their drinking habits, George Jones is one of the more notable ones because of his lawn mower stunt. Besides, Jones is one of the leading voices speaking out against the current state of country music and the author of Big Rock Candy Mountain does his fair share of that. Merle Haggard would have been my other choice. BTW, check out his post on drinking songs.
Still Is Still Moving – Willie Nelson
Although the author, Linda, is female I felt like Willie Nelson was a no-brainer for her blog’s country music singer counterpart. After all, her blog is dedicated soley to Willie Nelson. She does a splendid job of rounding up all the Willie news swirling around and putting it in one place for fans to read.
Search for the Last of the Hard-core Troubadours – Townes Van Zandt
If you want humorous, well written articles, Hard-core Troubadours is the place for you. It’s authored mostly by Cricket and Mimi with each interjecting comments and opinions into each other’s pieces. It can be a little disjointing at first, but livens up the read once you get used to it. Did I mention that the writing is superb? Superb writing and troubadours logically leads one to the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earl, and Guy Clark, but I had to go with Townes Van Zandt. Thus they are the Townes Van Zandt of the country music blogosphere.
City Girl, Country Girl – Dolly Parton
City Girl, Country Girl is run by HelloCaitlinT and covers mainly well-known and mainstream artists. She posts a lot of short news stories accompanied by pictures to give each post it’s own little pop. Occasionally she’ll write original, insightful articles that call attention to different issues in country music. When she does have something to say, you’ll want to pay attention, similar to when Dolly Parton is speaking. She’s got a bubbly personality and you’ll never know what she’s going to say next.
Twang Nation – Buck Owens
The general impression that I get from Twang Nation is that the author enjoys the rock side of country music. One of the guys known for infusing more rock and roll into his music and pioneering the Bakersfield sound was Buck Owens.
Twangville – Waylon Jennings
When Waylon Jennings was fed up with the way Nashville did business he was introduced to Willie Nelson, and together the two began what is now known as Outlaw Country. Today’s country music has spawned new genres for artists who don’t like the mainstream sound. Twangville covers some of these genres like Americana and alt-country as well as other non-country influenced genres. Their coverage of non-traditional country music has earned them the title of Waylon Jennings of the blogosphere. On a side note, I like their guitar pick favicon.
Let me know if you guys have any other quality country music blogs that I might be missing out on.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.