Are you a country fan? If so have you seen this video project showing how every popular country song sounds the same? Check it out here.
I have to answer yes to both. As a country fan one might think I would be angry as if I were somehow duped into believing all of these pop country artists were unique, but I’m not. The video ends with to be continued. I’m sure there will be more “sounds the same” projects, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a punk one, a hip hop one, a rock one, and a pop one, and actually, the word pop gets to the heart of the matter. I mean pop does stand for popular after all, and every genre and scene of everything has a pop version.
To me the point of this project isn’t exemplifying that all of these songs are lazy or that I am a sucker for liking one of these songs over another. I think the point is to show that not just in music, but in everything else in life, if you want the good stuff you are going to have to work to get it. For instance if you want real, good, modern, country music you’ll have to dig deep and find musicians like Hank 3 And The Damn Band, Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band, Sturgill Simpson, Leon Virgil Bowers, and Old Crow Medicine Show just to name a few.
The songs in this video are like the skin, of a scene. The skin of any genre, scene, subculture, or culture is polished and good looking, and people like that. That’s why it’s popular. To get under the skin of a scene requires effort. Under the skin you’ll find the brain, the heart, the muscles, all of the other things that make the scene move, change, and evolve.
There will always be the popular skin for every scene, but there may not always be the guts and that’s how a scene can die out. So I hope there will be more videos like this to make people stop and wonder if there is anything more to a scene than the skin and, more importantly, I hope it makes people not just want to find the deeper guts and inner workings of a scene, but actually become them, and become one of the ones that keep a scene alive, moving, and evolving.