Honestly, I'm an omnivore where genre is concerned, so there's no such thing as "those few albums outside my kind of music". I am never satisfied with a regular diet of one kind of music.
But people always seem to be surprised I like metal (Metallica, Megadeth, etc.) but that's all I liked from 10-15 years old or screaming stuff (Underoath, Pianos Become the Teeth) but I spent years playing with and hanging out with people in those kinds of bands.
as someone who grew up solely on country music, people definitely discredit the whole genre based on the trash on the radio now. classic country music is up there with the best folk music out there, and garth brooks had some fucking jams. i feel like a lot of people overlook how fantastic bluegrass music is as well.
Give me a few bluegrass recs? It's a genre I find I'm enjoying small samplings of and want to dig into more.
One is meant to be joke, one is meant to be a single on the radio. I'll take the meant to be funny song, if I hafta choose, over the unintentionally hilarious one.
Do you really think Aldean was trying to write his opus there? Country has a long tradition of humor. It's not humor that appeals to me, but that's like shitting on pop-punk for talking about growing up. It's a traditional aspect of the genre. There's about a zero-percent chance that he wasn't trying to be silly with that song.
i also added in yonder mountain string band. one of the best live shows i have ever seen.
Sweet. I don't know why I didn't gravitate to bluegrass before. I've always loved acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass. How did it not dawn on me that they're all staples of bluegrass!?! Haha.
He disagrees with your zero-percent:
I live outside of Nashville. I spend a lot of time out on my farm and on my tractor. The night before [Jim and I] had gotten together to write, I was out bush-hogging. One of my favorite things to do is get out and bush-hog at night and play around with my tractor. I was out riding around one night, and I just got the idea for that song. I started singing the chorus in my head.
I was supposed to write with Jim [the writer of 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' for Kenny Chesney] the next day. I walked into his office and I said, "Hey man, do you feel like writing another tractor song?" He just busted out laughing and said, "It's been about eight years since 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' ... I think I'm through!" We sat down and wrote that song.
When you write songs sometimes, you just have a feeling that "this is going to be a hit song." I had that feeling with 'Party Crowd,' and I had that feeling with 'Dust on the Bottle.' When we wrote 'Big Green Tractor,' it just felt like, "Man, this song feels really great. It's special and it's different." You just feel fortunate to be around when something like that happens. Songwriters, we just sit around there and wait for the ideas to come. Some days it doesn't happen, and some days it does. That was just one of those days that I was lucky enough to be there when that one came up.
I don't buy public statements like that as any less performance than any other moment for a major-label artist. An assumption of sincerity is a prerequisite for music fans right now for some reason (i.e. Lana Del Rey), so of course he's not going to say "Yeah I wrote a goofy tractor song."