Aaron’s Intro Letter

Country music is life. I’m really convinced it is.

It’s not just something that you listen to just for kicks. There is a purpose to listening to country music. The songs have deep and personal meaning to the artists and the fans who listen to the songs. It’s relatable. It’s always progressing forward. It’s a family. It’s the music that can be the first dance song at a wedding or a song that you’re blasting at a bonfire.

Sometimes it is hard to accurately describe country music and not only why it’s so great, but why it’s important. So I found some quotes from those in the industry and expanded upon it.

“Country music. ‘Cause I’d rather listen to songs about trucks and small towns than songs about swag and twerkin’ around.” – Earl Dibbles Jr. 

I like music outside of country but Granger Earl has a point. There’s a certain level of class and respect in country music when it comes to the music that is being made. There’s a level of class in the lyrics and the subject matter. You never have to worry about a young kid hearing a certain bar in a song. Country music doesn’t need to depend on cheap tricks to gain a following.

“Country music isn’t a guitar, it isn’t a banjo, it isn’t a melody, it isn’t a lyric. It’s a feeling.” – Waylon Jennings

I think that’s what country music boils down to – the feeling. It’s the emotion that a song conveys. It’s the emotions and feelings you experience when you hear a particular song. The songs pull at your feelings because it’s so dang relatable.

“To me country music tells a story about, and deals with, the way people live their lives and what they do.” – Randy Travis

“True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt.” – Garth Brooks

Country music is real life. It tells a true story. Country music artists and songwriters are writing from the heart, whether it’s their own story or someone else’s story. You don’t see country singers going at one another through their lyrics. They’re singing about their life. And that’s so real.

“Country music fans are extremely supportive. Once they’re with you, they’re with you for life.” – Faith Hill. 

Ain’t that the truth? Country music fans are the ones that still go out and buy their favorite artist’s album even though they’re already listening to it on repeat digitally. They’re the ones who braves the elements of heat, rain, and mud to get a glimpse of their favorite artist perform for 45 minutes as an opener. They’re the ones that sell out concert venues. They’re the ones who not only support the artists but support artist’s families whether it’s kind social media comments or supporting their causes.

“The coolest part of country music is the camaraderie and the friendship, it’s truly like a family.” – Hillary Scott

This might be the best part of country music. Everyone in the country music and Nashville community are each other’s biggest fans. They’re legitimately best friends with each other. They go on vacations, attend concerts, and just act like normal friends and family. Open up Twitter or Instagram and artists are congratulating each other on the success of their songs or promoting new songs. Tune in to an awards show and everyone is up singing and dancing along to performances. They actually love one another and it really does show.

“If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying something bad about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words.” – Dolly Parton

I’m not going to say that we can’t be friends if you don’t like country music. But you’re really missing out if you don’t like country music. Even a certain aspect of it. You don’t necessarily have to like everything about it but you can find something to like within country music.

Country music is who I am. I was raised on it. 

Aaron