posted on May, 3 2015 @ 12:12 AM
Twenty-five years ago I worked on my own music that I considered Alt Rock/Country fusion. I saw how a fusion was occurring back then, Southern Rock as
an example, and saw the cross talk of country riffs and themes in much of rock music up to that time. My sound 25 years ago came from the rock
perspective and that project came off sounding like that more or less, a fusion of rock and country in that order.
Today, the New Country (I've been subjected to on a daily basis) strikes me as that fusion totally realized, but coming from a genesis in country
music that borrows liberally from rock instead of the other way around. I should think that this is a good thing based on my vision way back then,
however, I find New Country Music a poor fusion that seems shallow and lacking in originality. In my opinion, Old Country Music is far more genuine
and real then this new fusion that is popular on Country radios stations in my region. I'd rather listen to the classic rock stations that are
irritating me with museum music playlists.
The New Country instrumentation is minimal with none of the technical flare of what Old Country music has to offer. You only have the vocals and
occasionally a token banjo or steel guitar here and there to remind you that it is actually Country Music you are listening to.
I like some of it, but I am coming to hate most of the popular New Country Music I hear on the radio.
What is good in my opinion? I thought that Nickle Creek had an impressive fusion of country music when they first came out and hoped to see more of
that happening, but who is a fan of Nickle Creek besides myself? They have had some media visibility and are out there still I guess, but where are
they on the radio? It was innovation and talent I heard in their music, not so in most of what I'm hearing lately.
Personally, I think that the rock guitar sound and hard riff solos especially sound lame against the Country vocals and lyrical themes in this New
ETA: Kid Rock, as much as I tire of his sound lately, was a cool fusion of rock, rap and country a while back at any rate.
edit on 3-5-2015 by
MichiganSwampBuck because: added extra comment