Your Take: Decades of Country Music
In Jim’s interview a few weeks back with former front man of The Mavericks Raul Malo, the singer had an interesting game for country listeners to play in their cars:
Here’s an experiment for you if you wanna try this out just for fun one day. If you have satellite radio, put on the 40s station and see how long you can go listening to that. You need a roadtrip for this. Then, after a while, click on over to the 50s, and see how long you can go on that. Then click on over to the 60s—same thing, you could pretty much go all night listening to the 60s without ever having to change the channel. Click on over to the 70s, and you could pretty much go all night listening to that with an exception here and there. And then you start getting to the 80s. And then with the exception of a Prince or a U2 or a Police thing that was just exceptional, there really isn’t much. And then the 90s? Forget it. You wanna drive your car off the road. And as far as modern country music? Forget it. I can’t even listen to that. I can’t even listen to modern country radio. And it’s like “Where did we go wrong?”
Back in November, amidst some nostalgic pining for ‘90’s country, regular commenter Rick proposed that your ties to a specific decade of music may depend on when you first discovered that genre:
I’m amused that you folks long for mid 90’s country the way I pine for the second half of the 80’s new traditionalist sound. I guess it all depends on when you first really got into mainstream
Fellow country blog Roughstock traces back country’s beginnings to the early 1920s, just in time for the Great Depression.What is your favorite decade of country music, and does your preference coordinate with the year you “got into” country music? And while you’re at it, let us know how you first became interested in the genre. Were you born into it, did it develop over time or are you a newcomer to the genre?
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