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#1 lizzums

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 09:54 AM

A while ago now I made a cd and a big booklet type thing for someone who didnt realise that there was more to country music than the banjos and the twanging and the yeeha's. Now I may not have converted her but she was very surprised (if you dont believe me ask Lozzy) that country music can be good.
I grew up listening to Hank Williams (snr), Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Chad Morgan. When I started to buy my own music I moved onto Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, Keith Urban, Dixie Chicks and more.
I still listen to country and have moved onto the more recent artists such as Taylor Swift, Gretchen Wilson, Rascal Flats, but also the older artist move with the times also.

Now I am sure that there are many more country music fans out there who try not to admit it and I think if other people really gave it a chance they would see that it is not just songs about how "the wife left with the brother and then I ran over the cat and shot myself in the foot"
I will try and add some youtube links when I get home tonight to some of my favourite songs.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:47 AM

Yay! So glad to see this thread!

I've been a big country music fan for about 13 years now, ever since I started line dancing. Even if I take a break from dancing, I only ever listen to country.

I am proud to call myself a country music fan. It has such a bad image and I just wish it could be fixed! Country is cool!!

My favourite artists at the moment are Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Kellie Pickler. My long time favourites are Brooks & Dunn (met them both earlier this year!!), Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks. I pretty much like all of it, even the classic country! When I am at home, my tv is permanently on Country Music Channel.

I was talking to my boss at work the other day and telling him about my love for Brooks & Dunn (there are photos of them with me on my desk) and he asked if all of their song titles had like 12 words (my dog died then my wife left me blah blah) I was so annoyed.. Then he asked if I liked Billy Ray Cyrus. People just don't get it!

I've booked tickets to CMAFest 2009 in Nashville and I cannot wait!!

Also, I hate it when people call it 'Country and Western'... its just COUNTRY!!

Here are some links to my favourite songs at the moment.

Carrie Underwood - Just a Dream

Our Song - Taylor Swift

Sugarland - All I Want To Do

Rascal Flatts - What Hurts the Most


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Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:01 AM

Yep, Jesus Take The Wheel is a great song too, Lib smile.gif

It is rumoured that Carrie Underwood is doing a promotional tour of Australia early next year. I'm hoping she does a small concert!

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:05 AM

Lizzums, I just had to say how much your heading on this thread made me giggle. laugh.gif
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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:06 PM

Yep I am a MASSIVE fan. I didn't grow up with it but hubby converted me now and I very rarely listen to anything else.

I am a MASSIVE Gary Allan Fan - I saw him live at Rockhampton last year. Please youtube him. He is fantastic.
I also really really love, Sugarland, Brooks and Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Jasmine Rae and Brad Paisley.
I also like Rascall Flats, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Clark Keith Urban and Dixie Chicks.

This music always makes me feel happy. tongue.gif

Our songs (e.g walking down aisle, signing, cake, bridal waltz) at our wedding recently were all Country Songs. I was ripped into so much before hand, people pretending to bootscoot but on the night we had so many comments and everyone LOVED the music.



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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:13 PM

I am another Country-convert. I was never into it until I moved to Armidale (NSW) where everyone listens to it, and I got hooked. Garth Brooks and Keith Urban are my favourites but there are so many fantastic talented singers and sooo many beautiful songs.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:20 PM

Although I haven't kept up with it in recent years, I like country music smile.gif I don't care what anyone thinks of me!

Faves include:

dixie chicks, tim mcgraw, brooks and dunn, garth brooks, lee kernaghan, shania etc...
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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:36 PM

When i met my partner, i was so totally against listening to any Country, loved any other type of music, but couldn't stand Country Music...he is a Country fan through and through (from Charters Towers QLD)!!

Since meeting him, i have been converted....i love just about all of his Country Music, especially Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, Lonestar, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Adam Harvey, Carrie Underwood, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton & Brooks & Dunn (i even went to their concert with him in Bris earlier this year). OMG, i could go on forever...lol!!!

There is more to Country than i ever thought and i reckon the words to the songs are just gorgeous!! ph34r.gif

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE(lawsiepawsie @ Oct 7 2008, 10:47 AM) View Post


I've booked tickets to CMAFest 2009 in Nashville and I cannot wait!!

Also, I hate it when people call it 'Country and Western'... its just COUNTRY!!

Here are some links to my favourite songs at the moment.

Our Song - Taylor Swift

Rascal Flatts - What Hurts the Most

I am so so so incredibly jealous, going to Nashville is a dream of mine.
Completely agree about the 'Country and Western' as well. It drives me nuts.
Taylor Swifts - Our Song in continually in my head and it drives me nuts lol I love the song though and listen to it far to much. Also love the Rascal Flatts song as well, so beautiful and sad.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:18 PM

QUOTE(Maxi @ Oct 7 2008, 11:05 AM) View Post

Lizzums, I just had to say how much your heading on this thread made me giggle. laugh.gif

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There are so many country converts smile.gif
Country music has got me through so many hard times.
Thought I better add some links.

Gretchen Wilson - Redneck Woman

Chely Write - Single White Female

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones (Rockwiz performance)

Garth Brooks - The Dance This is my all time favourite song.

Could add so many more but would be here all night.



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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:51 PM

QUOTE(lizzums @ Oct 7 2008, 08:18 PM) View Post

Love this song... but it is very much the banjo-strumming/hard-luck story kinda country song. laugh.gif Such a cool sound to it, I like how she finishes his lines.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:52 PM

You guys all rock. There is some fantastic music and songs there.

I agree Lizzums. My music has given me strength through some really crappy times. Also brings a lot of good times too.

Which country artists have you all seen live? last year we saw Gary Allan, Steve Forde, Corb Lund, Morgan Evans (Rockhampton), Sugarland (Sydney), Brooks and Dunn (Brisbane) - this was an amazing concert, Catherin Britt, Adam Harvey, McClymonts, Keith Urban,

Is anyone going to the 2009 CMC Rock's the Snowys? We are waiting to see what international artists are announced first and whether they do any concerts before deciding to go.

ETA - This song was our second bridal waltz. I love it. We had so much fun. Although the photos singing and dancing are hilarious.

P.S Anyone willing to share how to make my youtube links show titles instead of just the link??

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:59 PM

QUOTE(afterglow @ Oct 7 2008, 07:51 PM) View Post

Love this song... but it is very much the banjo-strumming/hard-luck story kinda country song. laugh.gif Such a cool sound to it, I like how she finishes his lines.

Thats exactly why I added that one lol we have to have a little banjo tongue.gif

I saw Kasey live ages and ages ago and she was terrific. It was that long ago though she was still with her ex hubby before she left him for Shane.

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 12:41 PM

QUOTE(Mark$Girl @ Oct 7 2008, 07:36 PM) View Post

When i met my partner, i was so totally against listening to any Country, loved any other type of music, but couldn't stand Country Music...he is a Country fan through and through (from Charters Towers QLD)!!

There is more to Country than i ever thought and i reckon the words to the songs are just gorgeous!! ph34r.gif

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I could have written this post word for word! before I met my hubby I hated country, and thought it all was like twangy honky tonk boot scooten music.

Im converted now, and my friends constantly rip me off - although i still dont listed to songs with the words "honky tonk" in them tongue.gif thats still a little bit too country! laugh.gif

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE(lizzums @ Oct 7 2008, 09:54 AM) View Post
I grew up listening to Hank Williams (snr), Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Chad Morgan.

I was the same, I grew up listening to country music (OMG Chad Morgan rolleyes.gif ) and Rock and Roll, Beatles Rolling Stones, Elvis, Buddy Holly, etc. Some people may find it hard to believe but I didn't even really hear "Pop" music or any 80's stuff until I bought my first TAPE ( blush.gif laugh.gif ) deck with some birthday money when I was 13 years old.

This was not by choice, I just had a selfish father who wouldn't have any music in the house other that what he liked to listen to. dry.gif

These days I still like Rock and Roll but I hate Country, although I don't mind a few of the modern Country artists and even have some Trisha Yearwood and Shania Twain (lol) stuff on my I-Pod.

eta Every year for the last 5 years our town has hosted a large well known athletics event. It runs over a whole long weekend and has quite a festival atmosphere with stalls and stuff. The shire council always gets in a well known music act for a Free concert on the Saturday night to try and attract people to come. Last year the concert was Sara Storer and Troy Cassar-Daley. Hubby and I were bored and left after an hour laugh.gif




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