Country Music is at an all time low


Trina Ausbon and Annaka Cieri

The number one hit song “This is How we Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, represents country music as nothing but party and destruction.

by Trina Ausbon, Entertainment Editor

I personally love country music. I’ve listened to it for as long as I can remember and it has always been my favorite genre of music. However, today’s country music is absolute garbage and an insult to legendary artists such as Hank Williams and George Jones.

Country music once had a terrific meaning with songs about love, heartbreak, life, death, joys and sorrows, but now the country station is filled with meaningless lyrics about trucks, women in tight cutoff jeans and beer. Obviously, women in bikinis dancing on the bed of a truck with a beer bottle in her hand is a more important message than a marriage lasting 50 years or the loss of a best friend.

In the midst of 2014, “bro country,” or country music with a pop or hip hop twist, was put in the spotlight, idealizing artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, who mainly sing about attractive women, alcohol and pick up trucks. “This is How we Roll” by Florida Georgia Line is the perfect example, considering in just the first verse alone, they mention all three concepts.

“Before the 2000s, country music seemed to have more relatable topics like true love and hard work. Now it is just about parties and the sexualization of women,” said sophomore Beryl Qi.

The songs that repeatedly play on the ‘country’ radio degrade women and are only played for their sex appeal. Country music once viewed a woman’s strength and intellect as something to be admired; however, the shape of their bodies now overpowers everything else. This is showcased when there are lyrics such as “love the way you’re wearing those jeans so tight” in “Get Me Some of That”, as sung by Thomas Rhett and the repeated “country girl shake it for me girl, shake it for me” in Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl”. Maybe I don’t want to “shake it for you” Luke Bryan; maybe I want to get a college degree or something instead. With lyrics such as these, we can clearly tell how the men of country view women.

“Original country was simple and felt more personal. Today’s genre is seemingly meaningless,” said junior Jonathan Pina.

Modern country artists rarely write their own songs, so how can they possibly sing it with as much raw emotion as Hank Williams Jr. did with “Your Cheatin’ Heart” in 1962? They don’t. The lyrics to the songs you hear on the country radio stations are mostly written by a different composer, then are sent to the artist, who is told to sing it by their producer.

Essentially, listening to Taylor Swift does not give you the right to say “I love country music” or “wow, I’m such a cowgirl”; throwing on a cowboy hat and attending the CMAs doesn’t make her a country artist or you a country fan.

“I prefer older country than the new stuff because it had more heart and was about more than just making money,” said Mr. Ferriter, a geometry teacher here at Pa.

Country Music, in its most true and powerful form, should be about an expression of emotions that the average American deals with. The tune was a simple guitar pick that only emphasized the singers pure talent and, most importantly, told a story.

The genre today has lost those key components and now ramble on about beers, dirt roads and what happens once the sun goes down. It is overpowered by multiple useless instruments which hide any actual talent the singer may have.

“Modern country music has sold out to pop and has lost it’s soul,” said Mrs. Dover.

What you hear today on country radio stations is not country; it’s pop with “country” themes and forced southern accents thrown in. Sure, there are a few catchy and somewhat decent songs in today’s country genre, but overall, country is now nothing but a never ending cycle of girls, trucks and the need for more beer.