Country Music?

You hear a lot of bitching about how country music ain’t country any more

You hear a lot of bitching these days about how country music ain’t country any more, but if you go back to the early 60’s you might notice that country took a bad turn towards pop at the hands of Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley and Billy Sherrill, who engineered the “Nashville Sound”, replete with string sections, background vocalists and with the steel guitar playing a minimal role. There ensued a genre of “country songs” that weren’t really country that persists to this day. Don Law, who produced Ray Price, was my hero back then, because he kept it country, with a lot of steel and fiddle. So quit complaining. That music is still available, along with all the authentic music being recorded in Texas, by Jake Hooker, Bobby Flores, Amber Digby and many others. So all is not lost; dig it, buy their albums, go see them. You don’t have to listen to Rascal Flatts or Taylor Swift.

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form.

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