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So, I'm interested in expanding my musical horizons a bit; any of you have some country music recs --- artists, songs, or albums?

Thanks in advance!

Good country music to check out:
--Martina McBride: she has probably one of the best voices in the industry
--Sugarland: they have a lot of fun songs as well as some more emotional songs, but all good. Another one of the better voices in the industry I think.
--Rascall Flatts: male country band
--Taylor Swift: is a bit more pop-ish, but she writes all her own stuff and the songs are relate able and she's very talented
--Keith Urban: Aussie male singer,nice voice, good looking ;)
--Tim McGraw: another good male artist

Those are a few that I like. I hope you enjoy and find some good stuff for your music collection.

I thought I didn't like country, but then I looked in my genres on my ipod and apparently I do. Faves that are apparently country:
Alison Krauss (Particularly Whiskey Lullaby)
Jessica Andrews (Who I Am especially)
A Place Called Home (Kim Richey)
I Loved Her First (Heartland)

Very modern country singers:
Lady Antebellum
The Wreckers
Carrie Underwood
Taylor Swift of course haha

One particular song I like though is Bad Things by Jace Everett

Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Patsy Cline, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Jo Dee Messina, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack.. I could go on, lol. Not unsurprisingly given that I live in the south, country music is my main cup of tea.

I'm at work right now, but when I'm at home I'd be more than happy to upload you a zip of a few favorite songs. If you're more interested in the classics, the 80s/90s, or today's, let me know.

Alison Krauss, particularly the album she did with Robert Plant

Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney

Seconding Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts, Keith Urban

For flat-out rockin' country - Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Aldean, Dwight Yoakum

For more traditional country, you can't go wrong with George Strait.

A subject near and dear to my heart... I certainly don't mind sending you anything you might like. I'd love to know what you think once you sample. :o)

Dude. I am the country queen.

Might I link you to some mixes I made?
When Country Wasn't Cool
Vol 1
Vol 2(comments contain a link to a zip of all 4 Dixie Chicks studio albums)
Vol 3
Vol 4

I'm currently making another When Country Wasn't Cool mix and would be happy to link to that one once it's finished.

Edited at 2009-06-10 06:04 pm (UTC)

ohh a lot of songs I like but don't have. mind if I also download?

Oh, yes! "Check Yes or No" is SO WONDERFUL!!! It's absolutely adorable!

Nickel Creek - may be categorised more as bluegrass than country if you're picky, but the sound (fiddle/mandolin/guitar) is great.

*holds back from hitting you with every awesome artist I have*

Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum!

*clears throat*

any Trisha Yearwood (I know I rec'ed one of her songs on the fanmix post), Martina McBride, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban (especially his latest album Defying Gravity), or Dierks Bentley.

Let me know if you want more or any samples :)

I second LA! They're awesome!

As you likely know, my tastes range all other the place. So country, from hard core old style to alterna country to rockabilly to contemporary country...

Johnny Cash - old stuff and the American recordings series
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth; The Road to Ensenada
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road; Jerusalem
Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World; Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Dwight Yoakum - Guitars, Cadillacs, etc, etc; Gone
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - After Awhile
Gillian Welch - Revival; Time (The Revelator)

I'll be happy to rec more if you'd like. These are a bit harder edged than most of what people mentioned above. For example, I own a few Allison Krauss albums. I think she's got a great voice and plays a mean fiddle but they don't demand that I stop what I'm doing and listen. The above albums do.

I can't believe I forgot:

Emmylou Harris - one of the most amazing voices you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing. Do yourself a favor and start with her album "Wrecking Ball"; it's a masterpiece.

Gram Parsons - GP; Grievous Angel
Gram invented country rock. The beautiful backing vocals are Emmylou.