TOO ROCK FOR COUNTRY, TOO COUNTRY FOR ROCK
Spearheaded by Shooter Jennings, an effort to create a new format on radio and elsewhere for country-rock music that fits neither the country or rock establishment as it exists today is underway at www.givememyxxx. A statement on the site sums it up nicely:
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It is a true shame that there are such rigid GENRE definitions in popular music today! You've got POP, ROCK, COUNTRY, R&B, AAA and HIP HOP. This may be fine for most musicians, but there is a very unfair gap in music the way it is. ROCK music is split into two formats MODERN ROCK and ACTIVE ROCK, both of which do not accept SOUTHERN or COUNTRY-LEANING music at all. Then there's COUNTRY. COUNTRY is a market controlled by NASHVILLE'S inner-workings. Video outlets such as CMT and GAC have created 'back of the bus' programming like "Wide Open Country" and "Edge of Country" to relieve the pressure created by the growing movement of outsiders in the field, but it's not a fair representation of the broad scope of these underdogs. Radio stations have created late-night and weekend specialty programming to play these artists as well, but again, this is just placating these tremendous artists. Our goal is to create XXX festivals, internet, radio and video programming, as well as standing in solidarity with other grassroots efforts such as Muddy Roots, Saving Country Music and it's affiliates, and others who have fought and stood for exposing this good music!
WE WANT OUR OWN GENRE! SIGN THE PETITION! MAKE A CHANGE!
The folks behind this worthy movement have just released their second free compilation of XXX-minded artists, Southern Independent Vol. 2. It’s absolutely FREE. As the site says, “All you have to do is register an account with us and download the compressed archive file to your hard drive, and turn that som'bitch up!”
Southern Independent, Vol. 2 Tracklisting
1. Honky Tonk Carnie / Lonewolf OMB
2. Devil In New Orleans / Powder Mill
3. Quittin' Time / Joecephus and the George Jones Town Massacre
4. Codeine / Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
5. I Like The Way / The Imperial Rooster
6. Whatever Kills Me First / Joey Allcorn
7. Chevy Beretta / Jonny Corndawg
8. Santa Monica / John Carter Cash
9. Sweet Delta Water / Black Oak Arkansas
10. Down and Out / Honky Tonk Hustlas
11. Canteen Full of Dreams / Roger Alan Wade
12. I Ain't Drunk / Whitey Morgan and the 78's
13. Hear The Hills / North Mississippi Allstars
14. Hootchie Kootchie Man / Jerry McGill*
* a historical track, recorded at Sun Studios, by one of the original Outlaws featuring Waylon Jennings on guitar, Jim Dickinson on piano, Richie Albright on drums, The Memphis Horns and more...
Visit the XXX website and sign the petition to help create a fresh, much needed new genre in contemporary music.