The Case for Country Music


U.S. Navy

110908-N-DG679-045 MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2011) Country music star Brad Paisley performs to more than 11,000 members of the Naval Station Mayport community. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released)

Lindsey Blaser

Some people turn to rap music when looking for songs to add to their latest Spotify playlist, while others look to pop, rock, or alternative. But for some, country music is their go-to. Despite all the complaints about country music being cliche, lame, and whiney, country is the perfect genre for any situation. While most people picture country singers to be old Texans like Dolly Parton or Willie Nelson, an entirely new subgenre of country music has developed called pop-country, which is full of young up-and-coming artists who combine pop music with old country music values. Very different than pop or rap music, country lyrics consist of respectful, good hearted messages and never any curse words or derogatory terms. Country also promotes United States pride! “American Spirit”, a song by artist, Thomas Rhett, contains the lyrics: “It’s Friday night freedom, football game/ It’s proud of where you’re from, it’s your last name/ It’s thirteen stripes and fifty stars in the wind”. This powerful imagery evokes a sense of love for our country and what it stands for, whether it be watching a football game or spending time with your family. It all comes together to form the spirit of America, which is something everyone can agree with. Patriotism and good values are just a few of the many appraised aspects of country music, so when debating where to go to find your next favorite song, country artists such as Thomas Rhett or Hunter Hayes can be a good start.