Jan 21, 2019

The Steel Woods & Cody Jinks Cover "Are the Good Times Really Over?"


  1. "Are the Good Times Really Over?", one of the top songs by the legendary Merle Haggard, done in a stellar rendition by Cody Jinks. But don't expect radio to play this, since the good times are long over for country music. Country music was once a rich form of music, with songs that appealed to many walks of life, like Randy Travis's "Three Wooden Crosses", Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again", Waylon Jennings's "I've Always Been Crazy", David Allan Coe's "The Ride", and the aforementioned Merle Haggard's "Are the Good Times Really Over?". Compare that to the situation today, where we have jokes like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, etc., with the genre now mostly focused on repeated topics like girls, partying, trucks, and cliched themes about love. While country legends sang about said themes with class and intelligence, today's country music reeks of contrived commercialism. And not to mention that traditional country sounds have largely been replaced by hip-hop, Drake style R&B, EDM, and 80's hair metal. While there are some mainstream artists still making great country music (Eric Churcbeing the most notable example), quality country music has for the most part gone underground, with artists such as Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Hank III, and of course Cody Jinks. But who is it that is responsible for this mess? Well look no further than so called "traditional country" artist Alan Jackson, aka the Nickelback of country music. In case you don't know, this is the same guy who not only made country music look dumb and ignorant by living up to stereotypes (i.e., "It's Alright to Be a Redneck", "I Still Like Bologna", and that stupid 9/11-exploiting song where he couldn't tell the difference between Iraq and Iran), but also helped usher in the non-country sounds I previously mentioned poisoning country radio today. After all, it was Jackson the so-called "traditional country" artist who chose out of all people rapper Polow da Don (the same rapper who produced Nicki Minaj's monstrosity "Anaconda", and has worked with other fellow rappers like Nelly, Gucci Mane, Rich Boy, T.I., and Travis Scott) as his producer. And in the words of the late Billy Mays, "But wait, there's more!". You thought this soy boy couldn't disgrace country music even further, didn't you? Well, believe it or not, Alan Jackson seems to have grovelled down to hip-hop and rap even further by covering multiple rap songs in concerts (with his current tour being ironically titled "Honky Tonk Highway"), specifically
    * Akon - Don't Matter
    * Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFOtWpul3ZY)
    * Tyga - Hookah
    * Soulja Boy - Turn My Swag On
    * Soulja Boy - I Got that Sauce
    * Future - Mask Off
    * Flo Rida - Whistle
    * T.I. - Whatever You Like
    * Big Sean - Dance (A$$)
    * Lil Wayne - Love Me
    * Drake - Passionfruit
    * Offset- Ric Flair Drip
    * Waka Flocka Flame - Hard in da Paint
    * Shaquille O'Neal - (I Know I Got) Skillz
    * Fetty Wap - Jugg
    If Alan Jackson is a traditional country artist, then steak is a fruit. Alan Jackson is about as country as the Kicker subwoofer I installed on my Sony MHC GX450 subwoofer. Thanks to Alan Jackson (aka the Nickelback of country music), the good times are definitely over for country music, so much to the point where not only have various non-country sounds polluting country radio, but pop singer Bebe Rexha holds the record for the longest running number one country song at 50 weeks. Even if Alan Jackson were to apologize to the ghost of Merle Haggard, the damage that this soy boy has done to country music has been so severe that I'm sure that Merle Haggard's ghost would strangle him like how Homer strangled Bart in the Simpsons.


    1. I was with you until you launched into your usual anti-Alan diatribes. Seriously, saying Alan Jackson, of all people, had anything to do with killing country music is like saying the invention of Tex-Mex killed international cuisine. I may have to send Trailer a pro-Alan ad I made last night just to get you to back off.
      -sincerely, the real "Jman" Burnett

    2. No, Alan Jackson is to country music what Taco Bell is to authentic Mexican cuisine. "#SpareAlanJackson"? There is no logical reason why I would want to spare from criticism the very artist who destroyed country music by cementing the stereotype that country music is tailor-made for ignorant trailer-dwelling white trash, as well as introducing the many non-country influences which are poisoning mainstream country music today (such as hip-hop, Drake style R&B, EDM, and 80's hair metal). Is Alan Jackson the godfather of bro-country/hick-hop? In other words, is water wet? I especially find it both ironic and pathetic at the same time whenever I see traditional country fans correctly criticize modern country music for not being country enough, yet they go and praise the same guy that caused country music to be in such a state as a "traditional country singer" and one the last remaining greats in country music. Bull. No "traditional country singer" would destroy and desecrate the genre he professes to the point where country music is barely recognizable, being drowned in a fatal mix of cliched lyrics and blatant non-country instrumentation. And no "traditional country singer" would grovel down to hip-hop and rap to the point where he not only has a rapper, Polow da Don (known for his work with fellow rappers such as Nicki Minaj, Nelly, Gucci Mane, Rich Boy, T.I., and Travis Scott), produce his music, but is also covering multiple rap songs in concert, such as songs by Akon, Wiz Khalifa, Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Future, Drake, and Fetty Wap, among many, many others. My point exactly, if Alan Jackson is a "traditional country singer", then I was born in Scotland. And thanks to this so-called "traditional country singer" traditional country sounds have been replaced by hip-hop, Drake style R&B, 80's hair metal, and other non-country influences, complete with cliched and caricaturist lyrics about country and southern lifestyle meant to appeal to a large audience just like fast food and reality TV. And not to forget that pop star Bebe Rexha now holds the record for the longest running number one country song at 50 weeks. All of this is nothing but the apocalyptic aftermath of what Alan Jackson, the Nickelback of country music, did to this genre. Alan Jackson is as country as the LED lights on my LBT GPX77 speakers. Like I previously mentioned, the good times are over for country music, thanks to what Alan Jackson (aka the Nickelback of country music) did to this once-proud genre. And trust me when I say that the damage that Alan Jackson has done to country music seems to be irreversible, not just to the integrity of the genre, but to Jackson's reputation for future generations. Sure, Nickelback, Vanilla Ice, Soulja Boy, and Lil Yachty were all successful during their time, but these days when their music is looked back it, it usually isn't taken seriously, and only listened to as nostalgia or as a joke. And it would be foolish to think that this wouldn't happen, perhaps on a larger scale, to the man who destroyed country music - Alan Jackson. #SpareAlanJackson is equivalent to sparing an accused criminal in spite of mountain after mountain of concrete evidence against him. I said it once and I'll say it again - Alan Jackson did to country music what Bush did to Iraq and Obama did to Libya.

      George Strait fans vs. Alan Jackson fans ( https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxfRYanWsAASsxV.jpg )


    3. Ugh. I don't know what it's gonna take to have you removed from these premises, because I have had it up to here with your BS. Maybe I should rerun some text I previously posted...

      "The cover songs have already been disproven, but there's so much more. He's stuck with Keith Stegall as producer throughout his entire career, changing only when Alison Krauss was behind the boards for 2006's LIKE RED ON A ROSE. Never once did AJ have any rap producer working with him. Seriously, look at the back covers of his albums (excluding the Krauss-produced one). "Produced by Keith Stegall" should be there, clear as day, and it's no pseudonym - he's gone under that name for decades. And granted, while "Chattahooche" and "I Still Like Bologna" do have country-life elements (I can't comment on those other three as I've never heard them), not every song he released glorifies it. What about "Don't Rock the Jukebox" (about wanting some country music played on the jukebox), "I Don't Even Know Your Name" (a story song involving Alan, a waitress, and a missing front tooth), or "Little Man" (about the rise and fall of the small town)? And knowing the press "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" got at the time, it doesn't look to be a "stupid 9/11-exploiting song" (never heard that either), but you're right about the money not going to the affected because he never sold it as a benefit single. (Interestingly, two of the songs you cited, "Where I Come From" and "It's Alright to Be a Redneck", were its immediate predecessors.) You're not telling the truth about anything, you're just fueling a stupid movement that YOU started [and the meme provided doesn't help!], paving the way for a future where only the rare people with any knowledge have any clue what Alan's music is actually like. How would you like it if, say, every time the Bellamy Brothers are mentioned somewhere I go on long, rambling rants about how they're the real killers of country music? I know Bellamys fans wouldn't, but still - take your nonsensical belief that Alan Jackson is a country-killing madman and shove it."

      And as this Merle cover goes, not bad at all.
      -sincerely, the real "Jman" Burnett

    4. *CAUTION: This post was previously deleted, and WILL be reposted in the event that it is deleted*
      Cody Jinks definitely did a great rendition of this Merle classic, nobody is denying that. The elephant in the room here, though, is that the "good times" are over for mainstream country music thanks to this wannabe rapper known as Alan Jackson. And ironically, Alan Jackson's 2008 album "Good Time" also happened to be his first album produced by rapper Polow da Don. But hell, even before Polow da Don came along, Alan Jackson's "music" was already a disgrace to real country music. Even the songs you mentioned were horrific compared to the greats of country music, or even some of the great country artists today (like Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Chris Stapleton, Hank III, and even Eric Church). Whereas Alan Jackson may claim he wants to hear country music played on the jukebox in "Don't Rock the Jukebox", in reality I'm sure he'd rather have Drake and Future (both of whom he covered in concert) played in the jukebox. And "I Don't Even Know Your Name", even though it tries to be a humorous love song, it relies on the typical bro-country cliches we've come to expect, complete with a stereotypical missing tooth (it's even in the music video's thumbnail) to top it off. And whereas "Little Man" is okay by the extremely lowered (thanks to none other than Alan Jackson aka the Nickelback of country music himself) standards of country radio, that sad puppy of a very contrived song doesn't hold up when compared to, you guessed it, "Are the Good Times Really Over?". It's a smoke screen and a smoke show. To be honest, Alan Jackson has yet to produce anything that can even remotely compare to country legends like Hank Sr. and Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, George Jones, George Strait, etc. Never in his wildest dreams will Alan Jackson (aka the Nickelback of country music) be considered anything close to a "country legend" or a "traditional country artist" of any sort. He's not even talented enough to shine my Sony Genezi MHC GX450 speakers.

      BTW, here is a video of Alan Jackson covering Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz" in concert. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFOtWpul3ZY)



    5. What did you record that video with, a flip phone? The audio is so terrible and indiscernible. Hey, is there a secret Facebook group I can join? Dude, you’re full of shit and you know it. You keep posting the same regurgitated bullshit over and over again, except the setlist of rap covers you claim he does changes from time to time. I’ve seen him in concert and he doesn’t do any of this. When are you going to realize that one is taking you seriously and no one will ever believe you? You’re like Al Gore’s character on South Park trying to prove that ManBearPig is real, except you come across as more of a pathetic individual seeking attention. #fuckyouandfuckyourstupidasshashtag

    6. I side with Charles. If A*** J****** killed country, then all of the following is true...

      *Molly Hatchet are actually made up of a bunch of Arabic-speaking smooth jazz session players!
      *Dwight Twilley hates minorities so much he is known to kill every minority attending his concerts just for his fanbase to be comprised of white males!
      *Lynn Morris smokes huge quantities of pot in large crowds!
      *Steve Forbert steals Bitcoin from Shooter Jennings!
      *Barbara Mandrell and Catherine O'Hara are the same person!
      *The Bellamy Brothers did even worse damage to country music than **** ******* ever dreamed of doing!

      -sincerely, the real "Jman" Burnett

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