I am trapped in a world of soccer moms and playgroup parents who all seem to love country music. It’s hard, in my circle, being a non-country music lover. At every neighborhood gathering, be it a Labor Day celebration or a birthday party, the CD player comes out with the country music mix. All the moms love Kenny Chesney. I don’t.
Still, as with any type of music, if something gets pounded into your head over and over enough times, you start to warm up to it. No, this doesn’t mean I’m rushing out to Best Buy to purchase “Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits” (although I will say Mr. McGraw is pretty easy on the eyes) . What it does mean, however, is that I have found some country music songs that I can actually stomach. Okay, I’ll say it: I’ve found a few country music songs that I actually like. *Sigh*
So what are some not-too-twangy country songs for the non-country music lover? Here are my picks:
Carrie Underwood: “Before He Cheats”, “Last Name” and “Home Sweet Home”
I liked Carrie Underwood when she was on American Idol back in season 4. I admit I voted for Bo Bice in the end, but I liked Underwood. Her first single “Jesus Take the Wheel” bored me to tears, but since then she’s released a few tunes with a more rockin’ edge to them. “Before He Cheats” and “Last name” don’t sound all that country to me and I liked them both enough to download them on iTunes. And when Underwood released a cover of the old Motley Crue song “Home Sweet Home” earlier this year, that’s when I knew I was smitten with her.
Trace Adkins: “Songs About Me” and “One Hot Mama”
Adkins has a deep twangy voice, and while I usually hate the twang, on him I kinda like it. His songs have rock melodies and that deep voice makes his songs fun to listen to. I also like Adkin’s lyrics, especially on “Songs About Me”. The rock riffs are what clinched Adkins for me, though. I hear the ladies go crazy at his concerts-not sure if it’s that deep voice or the tight pants that he wears.
Miranda Lambert: “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Miranda Lamberts is one tough chick, and even though some of her songs are waaaay too twangy for me, I love “Gunpowder and Lead”. I hate the lyrics (depressing) and I really hate the gunshot at the end, but I like the tune and I like her voice on this track. When she gets too twangy, like on some of the other songs on her “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” album, then I remember what it is that I don’t like about country music. Also, I hope Miranda Lambert’s lyrics are fictional. Otherwise, she’s one abused lady.
Big ‘N Rich: “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy”
You can’t not like this song! Sure it has the banjo strumming and the country riffs, but the main riff on “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy” is pure rock and roll and the lyrics to this song are hilarious. This song is worth the 99 cent iTunes download, no matter how much you think you dislike country music.