The age old debate rages on; is this country music or isn’t it? As a music journalist, I receive a lot of great independent music, some of it dubbing itself country; but upon first listen, it clearly is not. Which necessarily leads to the question; what is country music? Is it the pedal steel, banjo and fiddle taking front and center? Is it the lyrics? The story matter? The clothes? The hat? The accent? Where the artist is from? Is it all of these? None of these? What makes Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill or Reba, country? If we put a buckle and boots on Jason Adamo or Keaton Simons, could they be country?
Here at TNBTA®, we support indie music, which I have said time and again, is not a genre of music, but a work ethic; artists doing it without the assistance of a major record label, but doing it nonetheless. They are touring, producing videos, and recording music, meeting us their fans and supporters. So for us, this means, we happily receive music in all genres, as long as it is independently created and produced. My question, as editor of the site; what makes country music, country? Leave your thoughts below–and I’ll be sharing them in the future, as we share more independent country music.
About Heather Jacks
Vixen of Vocabulary who likes to wax poetic about the world of street art, music,busking and all things indie. She has earned two college degrees, traveled extensively and written three books. She is currently finishing the multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple Art-Style Book, to be released in NYC, Spring 2013.