Dear Country Music Haters, You’re Un-American

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Thursday, April 25, 2019


This might come as a shock, but, aside from cat owners and people who don’t help the elderly cross the street, people who dislike country music are the worst of America. Here’s why:

Country music was founded in the south of the United States around 1920. By the 1930s, Americans were listening to the radio station that broadcasted the live “Grand Ole Opry,” one of the most popular radio programs at the time. Nashville, Tennessee became the breeding grounds of the music style and the rest is history.

While America is also home to other genres like jazz, blues, and rock and roll, the very style of western/country has remained popular through the eras. There isn’t a decade where country music was not a staple in American music unlike all the other genres.

Aside from the steadfast history of country music, there is also the pro-American rhetoric shared among the artists in the lyrics of popular country music songs.

Some of the most popular songs include:

  • God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.
  • Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue by Toby Keith.
  • Made in America by Toby Keith.
  • American Kids by Kenny Chesney.
  • Where I Come From by Montgomery Gentry.
  • Homegrown by Zac Brown Band.
  • Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson.

All the songs listed have one thing in common they share a feeling of pride in the country they’re from and appreciation for the memories created due to these artists place in America. With lyrics like, “Don’t you dare go running down my little town where I grew up, and I won’t cuss your city lights,” from Montgomery Gentry, it’s easy to see the pride country artists feel when they think of the way they grew up in the United States.

Another example of empowered pro-American lyrics are in Toby Keith’s “Made in America” with the lyrics, “Born in the heartland, raised up a family. King James and Uncle Sam.” It’s easy to recognize that not only was country music created in America, but it celebrates American values and empowers its listeners.

By the same token, unlike most other genres, there is a set of subgenres among country music that allows for diversity and a larger success rate from generation to generation. These subgenres include island country, bluegrass, pop country, americana, country gospel, honky tonk, outlaw country, and traditional country. There’s a subgenre for everyone and every mood.

So why does hating country music make people “Un-American?”

With such a rich history of bringing to life unique American values and pride, a steadfast success rate, and the diversity within the genre, there is no redeemable way to rightfully hate country music as an American. Even if it is not a favorite genre, it’s still a staple of the United States and by saying it is “trash,” one would be directly calling part of the backbone of America “trash.”

And how Un-American is that?

America is considered a melting pot of different cultures and experiences. While there are many different music styles to sample and appreciate, Country has transformed and grown throughout its history to fit its listeners and find the core of America.

For more progressive people, songs like “Female” by Keith Urban are pro-feminist. In that same vein, there are also songs like, “Take a Knee, My Ass” by Neal McCoy that pander to a more conservative crowd. There is genuinely a subgenre, artist, and song for every American.

Much like the country that founded the genre, it adapts and changes over time while still sticking true to its core values.

Danielle is a college freshman at the University of North Georgia. Her interests include politics, coffee, her two dogs, and Taylor Swift. She's currently a columnist and content coordinator for Lone Conservative.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Danielle Edwards

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Danielle is a college freshman at the University of North Georgia. Her interests include politics, coffee, her two dogs, and Taylor Swift. She's currently a columnist and content coordinator for Lone Conservative.

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