Underground country music artists


wayne-hancock The underground country movement initially formed around the mid 90′s not because somebody launched a website or a record label. It wasn’t because of a festival or because someone came up with a special name for a new genre. It wasn’t because some personality who was bestowed a famous name took the reigns and began promoting music. The strength, the support, and the fervor that went into forming underground country and the bonds and infrastructure that is still around today came from the songs artists were writing, recording, and performing; songs that spoke very deep to the hearts of hungry listeners. In the end, all leadership and must come from the music. A good song will solve its own problems. Like water, it will eventually find a path to thirsty ears, and funnel support to the artist and infrastructure that surrounds it.

This isn’t necessarily a list of the greatest underground country songs, or even the most influential. It is simply 12 songs that were so good, they helped create something where there was nothing before.

Wayne “The Train” Hancock – “Juke Joint Jumpin’”

Wayne Hancock is one of the fathers of underground country, and he’s also the King of Juke Joint Swing, so it’s only appropriate to include one of his signature songs here. The very first song on his very first album Thunderstorms & Neon Signs from 1995, it made listeners wonder if they were hearing the ghost of Hank Williams. Later Hancock would perform the song as a duet with Hank Williams III.

Hank Williams III – “Not Everybody Likes Us”

Hank3 has probably written better songs, but not that speak to the spirit of underground country so well. “Not everybody like us, but we drive some folks wild” epitomizes the philosophy behind the country music underground—that it doesn’t matter if the masses like your music, only if you and your friends do. Add on top of that a big dig at country radio, and “Not Everybody Likes Us” has become a rallying cry of underground country music.

.357 String Band/ Jayke Orvis – “Raise The Moon”

This song is so good, it has been released twice, been played regularly by three different bands, and still is not tired. Written by Jayke Orvis, “Raise The Moon” originally appeared on the .357 String Band’s first album Ghost Town in 2006. When Jayke Orvis left .357 for a solo career and a spot in the Goddamn Gallows, the song appeared on the Gallows’ album 7 Devils. 7 years later and the song still remains a staple of Jayke’s live show, and a defining sound of underground country.

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Yes, because pop music is the

2007-10-25 14:38:35 by bellhooks

"African American Culture" as much as Marilyn Manson and Britney Spears is "European American Culture".
Hmmmm mmmmm. 500 years of contributions to this country and you boil it down to Soulja Boy who is making money for European-American music executives in an industry that is basically owned by European-Americans were 70% of the consumers are European-Americans.
But don't think too hard. You might just see who is behind the scenes pulling the strings and making sure that Soulja Boy is on the radio 24-7 while politically conscious artists must stay underground because they might say something in their music that European-Americans can't even handle.

A new era of obscurity?

2005-03-16 11:47:56 by magnetichf

Earlier this morning, someone posted a question about the identity of a song they'd heard on 'six feet under'. someone else responded with a link to the six feet under web site, which listed song credits for each episode.
i looked through a couple of the episodes and noticed a fair number of independent or otherwise obscure (by mainstream standards) artists. it struck me that there seems to be developing this new layer in between "mainstream" and "indie" (or "underground" or "alternative" or whatever we're calling it these days).
in the early days of the indepedent music scene, a band's potential audience was pretty limited

Pop Country... NOT COUNTRY!!!

2007-09-28 16:27:49 by MrTimmons

I grew up with country music, and there is only a handfull of artist out there that try (or tried) to keep real C&W music alive. Most of them are no longer around in the big time, and/or they have been black-balled by Nashville. These artists are in the "underground (i.e. not nashville approved)", and they desreve your accolades:
Hank III (yes, it's the grandson), Big Sandy & his Flyright Boys, Wayne Hancock, et cetera.
However... Deirks Bentley, Keith Urban, and the total antichrist of everything country: Rascal Flatts, NOT COUNTRY!!! Since when did country artists have to be Ralph

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