Country Music Blogs And Their Golden Age Counterparts

Brody Vercher | February 16th, 2007

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.

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Country Universe – Roger Miller
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.

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Big Rock Candy Mountain – Young George Jones
Big Rock Candy Mountain - 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.

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Still Is Still Moving – Willie Nelson
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.

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Search for the Last of the Hard-core Troubadours – Townes Van Zandt
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.

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City Girl, Country Girl – Dolly Parton
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.

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Twang Nation – Buck Owens
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.

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Twangville – Waylon Jennings
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.

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Let me know if you guys have any other quality country music blogs that I might be missing out on.

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  1. [...] Thirteen years later, I’m still having those WTF? moments, though nowadays it’s just when I’m smacked with the realization that people are actually reading this blog. Usually we just get comments about how wrong I am about the latest crappy country single being crappy, but today Paul and I have collectively been deemed: The Roger Miller of Country Music Blogs! [...]
  2. [...] also want to check out some of the other blogs mentioned in the “Country Music Blogs And Their Golden Age Counterparts” [...]
  1. Linda Banks
    February 16, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Hey, that was a sweet surprise to read about my blog on your blog! Thanks.

    I have enjoyed exploring the sites listed on your “blog roll”, and have found I check in with many of them most every day, and learn something new. I enjoy getting the news about music and artists from fans, and like being part of a community of people who love music.

  2. HelloCaitlinT
    February 16, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    LOL! Thanks! That’s pretty much the highest praise I’ve received about my blog thus far. But who are you guys?

  3. Brody Vercher
    February 16, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Linda – We’re just trying to spread some love for our favorite country music blogs, hope you get some extra hits from all five of our readers ;)

    HelloCaitlinT – We’re the just the random faces of the fans in the crowd admiring all the hard work and talent :P

  4. texastentialist
    February 17, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Buck Owens?! Not bad, but I’m totally Willie. Boxcar Willie!

  5. texastentialist
    February 17, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Oh and thanks for the love!

  6. Kevin
    February 17, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Roger Miller! I love it! Now I have to go update my links with all these awesome sites!

  7. Tom
    February 18, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Brody, this is great. Thanks so much for including Twangville in your list. We’re happy to be mentioned in company with Waylon Jennings. I’m not sure who else I would have associated us with though Johnny Cash comes to mind.

    I’m a little lost in the Golden Age. I happen to think Austin currently carries the torch for great music though Nashville certainly still has its place.

    For some other great Country/Americana blogs check out AmericanaRoots.com and HickoryWind.org.

    I’m curious, who is the 9513 Golden Age counterpart?

  8. Kevin
    February 19, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Tom – My pick for The 9513 Golden Age Counterpart is Eddy Arnold, Country Music’s gentleman.

  9. Brody Vercher
    February 19, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I love Austin for it’s music scene, on any given weekend you can find at least one artists playing live that you’re going to like because of the diversity. I’d still like to go to Nashville someday to visit Hatch Show Print and the Opry. Jenna’s been twice and wants to move there some day, I’m too entrenched in Texas to ever move though.

    I’ve added the other two sites you mentioned to my feeds, but haven’t been reading them long enought o get a feel for their style.

    If I absolutely had to choose I like Kevin’s choice, otherwise I’d go with Kristofferson :P

  10. Cricket
    February 19, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    We are positively giddy over this! I was telling Mimi about it with huge dramatic build-up and she was nearly pink with glee at the Townes association. Thanks, Brody, you are made of awesomesauce.

  11. Brody Vercher
    February 20, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Haha well I’m glad you like the association, the general consensus seems to be that everyone is satisfied with their counterparts. I kept it on the safe side by going with legends though, so really I don’t think anyone could be upset. It’s not like I called someone the Rascal Flatts of the country music blogosphere ;)

    But yea, I think you guys could have fit in well with any of the troubadours, but since I’m a fan of Townes Van Zandt’s Pancho & Lefty, I chose him :P

  12. Chris Kamy
    August 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    With a flair for versatility and a skill of diversity, Elisa Fiorillo, currently known as E. J. Dease, is a singer who can perform with anyone. At sixteen, she won the National Junior Star Search competition. She has performed with legendary talents such as Prince, Belinda Carlisle, David Cassidy and Savage Garden. Now, E.J. Dease is breaking out with her style of country music, releasing her first single “I know” nationwide on OneWest Music.

    In 2002, Chuck Murphy, CEO of OneWest Music, began working with E.J. Dease to create a new sound for E. J. that would be a blend of both pop and traditional country. Co-writing and producing her debut country CD was no small feat given the history of producers she had worked with in the past. Murphy enlisted Jeff Silverman as a co-producer on half of this 13-song CD which ensured a unique and dynamic country music sound that is sure to impress even the youngest of country fans.

    With vocals which resonate like Martina McBride and Reba McIntyre “Light That Shines” the new release by E.J. Dease will connects with a larger teenage audience, which has been long desired by Music Row in Nashville.

    “I Know” opens up the CD up-tempo note setting the bar for energy and emotion. The song is about a person who is wising they could get the love back in a tired relationship and it lets the listener experience that the vocals are the emphasis of E J Dease. The track is co-written by Chuck Murphy, Jeff Silverman and Debra Lyn.

    “Lost and Found” was co-written by Chuck Murphy and E.J. Dease. A hidden giant, this track is about a woman that has been hearing the same thing from the same guy too long. The track has all the elements: harmonic vocals, slide guitar, delicate fiddle background and driving instrumentation to make “Lost and Found” the centerpiece of the CD.

    “Light That Shines.” This track is the most “country sounding” and up-beat track on the CD. This track, which is about having a higher power to help you find your way through the darker times in life is the uplifting namesake of the CD and is powerful enough for radio airplay. This song was co-written by Chuck Murphy and David Gonzalez

    “Forgive Me” is a beautiful, heartfelt country ballad that talks about the love found and then lost. E.J. Dease sings this song with strength and love that we can all understand, relate to and connect. Her graceful vocals and lush harmonies ease the pain when she talks about what love failed to bring. This track is written by Chuck Murphy

    “How Many Times” cleverly delves into descriptions of the intangibility of love. Dease sings, “It’s like the rain that falls at night. You know it’s there, just out of sight. The wind will blow it through the trees. You know it’s wet, you know it’s real”. The lines explore love’s elusiveness, while contending that love is indeed a definite, and sometimes, the only way to find it again is to leave behind a relationship that offers everything but. This track is written by Chuck Murphy

  13. Lucas
    December 15, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Who’s Chet, and who’s the Hag!?

  14. Jayson
    June 7, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I would add a few others to the list to even though there not blogs heres how I feel about them.

    CMT is Garth Brooks
    because there on top right now and will be forever no matter how long it is since they were huge

    GAC is Billy Ray Cyrus
    because they had big success at one time and now feel like they are just trying to hold on and reinvent themselves

    Nashville4U is Taylor Swift
    because they may end up being in with GAC and CMT as the three majors but even though they are growing fast they still feel a little out of place and on the outside

  15. Irene davault
    August 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

    For the classical country lovers, sure enjoyed the new release by Velma King, I just want to sing album. Has a great voice.

  16. Jo
    October 24, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for a great list of country music blogs. I’ll be sure to pass these onto my country-lovin’ friends – thanks again

  17. Dr BLT from Bakersfield
    May 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I appreciate the list of country blogs to. I’m greatly inspired by the old country, especially the Bakersfield sound, as you’ll discover if you listen to this one:

    Tipsy Toes
    Dr BLT
    words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2009
    http://www.drblt.net/music/tipsy_toes_rmd2.mp3

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