Country music

  • aquariumkid

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    Apr 29, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    Hey everybody! icon_biggrin.gif

    So this is more to satisfy my general curiosity if anything else. So I play the fiddle and I grew up with country music like George Jones and Patsy Cline. But what I am finding with the queer community is a strong general dislike of country music. (A lot of profiles say "I like anything but country music" a majority of queers dislike it so much they have to vocalize it!)A gay friend of mine recently told me that it was because he feels that he was more or less forced to embrace it as a child. Another gay friend told me it as simply because he associated it with the homophobes of his town, he grew up in a very small town in rural Alberta which kinda does make sense.

    So do you think a majority of queer people who do hate country music hate out of spite? As a total rejection of their childhood and community they grew up in?

    I know there are some of us who love country music too! A lot of my queer friends love to hear me fiddle! But there are others that cringe when the word country music is mentioned icon_razz.gif

    What do you you guys think about country music? Love it? Hate it? Why?
  • noshirt4me

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    Apr 29, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    grew up hating it... now i LOVE it!! yee haw =)
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    Apr 29, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    I think that's a lot of people in general, not just gay people. Many of my friends claim to like "anything but country". But I don't know, maybe it's the stigma of country music being associated with the South and the perception of the South's provincial values.

    I'm not saying I agree with that, but it's the impression I get from some people.

    A lot of gay men seem to love Dolly Parton, though, even those who don't care for country music otherwise!
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 29, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    An interesting post.

    I`d say I was a big music lover, but for some reason I`m not a country fan....But then I have a bit of a blind spot for much of opera!

    Country music does come across as very conservative/reactionary/homophobic, especially from a UK perspective.

    What turns me off it musically is so much of it seems so sentimental.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    def found an appreciation for it when i was in dallas!
  • nomadfornow

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    Apr 29, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    I'm in the same boat as noshirt4me... grew up around it and never liked it, but came to love and embrace it in adulthood. However, my affection is limited to old-school, classic, genuine country, and a few things here and there from the 1985-2000 era. The current-day stuff is almost entirely pure shite to my ears.

    Interesting point about the association between country music and redneckism/conservativism/homophobia. I think there's some validity to that, but more so with the more current material. Country music of the last 20 years seems to me to be far more reactionary, jingoistic, and contrived than that of earlier generations.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    Country/Western-dancing is fun. Two-stepping in the arms of a strapping cowboy is really hot.

    However, I'd never listen to Country music. It's so depressing with your dog getting run over and your woman leaving you over and over again.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    Love it. Huge Carrie Underwood fan, and also love Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, etc. Love the older stuff too like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard.

    I think a lot of country artists these days are gay-friendly. In fact, I think most of them are. I know Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Reba, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Shania, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, and a lot of others are...pretty sure my girl Carrie is too.
  • aquariumkid

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    Apr 29, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidCountry/Western-dancing is fun. Two-stepping in the arms of a strapping cowboy is really hot.

    However, I'd never listen to Country music. It's so depressing with your dog getting run over and your woman leaving you over and over again.


    Actually that is bluegrass music icon_smile.gif country music bitches a lot, while bluegrass music cries a lot. But good point!
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidHowever, I'd never listen to Country music. It's so depressing with your dog getting run over and your woman leaving you over and over again.


    Way to stereotype.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    I don't hate it, but its not something I go out of my way to listen to. Most country songs to me are boring, there might be a couple here or there that are different and a little out of the norm for the genre, but its not enough to make me want to listen to more. Musically its alright and lyrically its not that great IMO.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    I am from the south. I am allergic to country music. It makes me break out in hives.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:47 PM GMT


    For you, sexy! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    I love it. I listen to it every day. Lately its been all Luke Bryan.
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    Claystation saidI don't hate it, but its not something I go out of my way to listen to. Most country songs to me are boring, there might be a couple here or there that are different and a little out of the norm for the genre, but its not enough to make me want to listen to more. Musically its alright and lyrically its not that great IMO.


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    Apr 29, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    If you like mainstream R&B, then you indirectly like country. Because they're both lyrically similar. Only difference is one has more twang and the other has more beatz. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    onaquest saidI am from the south. I am allergic to country music. It makes me break out in hives.
    It makes me want to get drunk on cheap beer and ram my truck into a tree.
    And I don't even own a truck.
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    Patsy Cline is the only country artist I can stand to listen to. I HATE country music. It's hoakie, trite, pedestrian, and I dunno what else. And no I wasn't forced to listen to it when I was younger.

    That's my opinion. That and 50 cents won't get you crap at your local convenience store.
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidA lot of gay men seem to love Dolly Parton, though, even those who don't care for country music otherwise!


    'cause she's a drag queen!
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Love it
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    pocketnico saidA lot of gay men seem to love Dolly Parton, though, even those who don't care for country music otherwise!


    'cause she's a drag queen!


    Haha! Count me as one of those who doesn't care for country music, yet I'm a fan of Dolly. Actually, I love her mostly because she's hilarious in interviews wherever she goes. Her personality is so lovable. But I enjoy her music too.
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    my current favorite





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    Apr 29, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    I live in the belly of the beast, Nashville, Tennessee. I've never liked country music and I never will. There's a better chance you'll see me win the Heisman trophy next year than hear me listening to country music.
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
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    I hate country but I love this pic! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    UndercoverMan said
    pocketnico saidA lot of gay men seem to love Dolly Parton, though, even those who don't care for country music otherwise!


    'cause she's a drag queen!


    Haha! Count me as one of those who doesn't care for country music, yet I'm a fan of Dolly. Actually, I love her mostly because she's hilarious in interviews wherever she goes. Her personality is so lovable. But I enjoy her music too.


    I love her too. She comes across as a genuine, loving, unpretentious human being in interviews. And while I do not own any of her music, I will listen if a song of hers comes on the radio or if she's performing on TV -- I won't switch the station like I would for just about any other country performer.