On 2014's mainstream country radio, we've seen a slight maturing of the content and a subtle movement away from so much "bro." There have also been other shifts, such as nekkid-ness and even more drinking than anyone thought possible. Here are some of the methods Music Row's finest are using to adapt with the times.
Top 10 Ways Nashville Songwriters are Changing
Their Approach in 2014
10. Learning the names of a larger variety of alcoholic beverages
for their songs' characters to drink while driving
09. Requesting that singers pronounce "truck" with a bit of ironic displeasure
08. Extending group of 'outsiders' who should be pummeled by
country boys to include people who live in the suburbs, the educated, and bloggers
07. Evolving their sonic palette from 'peak hair metal' (Poison, Bon Jovi)
to 'waning days of hair metal' (Trixter, Danger Danger)
06. Bringing back the working man trope (as long as he don't work in no damn city)
05. Tamping down on the misogyny a bit by giving female characters a larger role, such as
lighting the bonfire, letting down the tailgate, or initiating the unprotected sex
04. Limiting grammatical errors to 2 per song
03. Slyly inserting marijuana references into every song,
including quasi-religious songs and anti-immigration anthems
02. Cutting back on incidents of racist, homophobic rants and drunken brawls
I wrote this lyric before the days of Farce the Music (or Photocrap, for that matter) and unfortunately it rings truer than ever now. And yes, I name dropped... but it fit the theme - I wasn't doing it for fake country cred.
As some of you may know, I won a trip to Vegas for the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend. If it weren't for the fact that it's a FREE TRIP TO VEGAS, I wouldn't be going - the lineup isn't exciting enough to spend a boatload of cash on. On the bill are Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Pink, Aerosmith, Green Day, Lil Wayne and others. I'm pretty excited to see Miranda Lambert - I hear the Pistol Annies may be there for a few songs. Anyway, here are a few parody album covers from some of the acts that will appear. There may be a report on the shows next week.