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    Country Pop Legends

    Just watched an incredible show on PBS channel. Country Legends of Pop (2006). Songs that have crossed over to both country and pop charts from the 50's,60's, & 70's Hosted by Roy Clark. This is music I grew up on. Glenn Campbell opened it up. Next up was Hank Locklin" who helped usher in the Nashville sound. He sang "Help Me I'm Falling" He passed in 2009 so this is one of his last performances. Then came a live performance by the Browns. There are clips of classics, like Roy Rogers & even Minnie Pearl. You can get it from PBS for a donation.

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    I grew up in the 60's and remember Kenney Rogers being a crossover artist as well as Glenn Campbell and Bobby Goldsborro. It didn't seem to be frowned upon then as it did introduce many people who might not have listened otherwise to a genre they were ot familir with. I have always bern a county fan altho I stopped tuning in for a while in the 80's as it just seemed a little too twangy to me for a while.....maybe a it too much of the Hee Haw influence. I came back strong when Garth came along and showed me country can be mixed with pop for some wonderful results.

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    The real Country Pop legends are obviously Taylor "The Lord" Shift, Hannah "Miley Cyrus" Montana, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Kelly "Freaking" Clarkson, Rihallah and Katy Perry.

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    Freddy Fender crossed over 4 times in the mid 70's. And Charley Rich was a staple on both the Country & Pop charts also in the mid 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clh_hilary View Post
    The real Country Pop legends are obviously Taylor "The Lord" Shift, Hannah "Miley Cyrus" Montana, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Kelly "Freaking" Clarkson, Rihallah and Katy Perry.

    Stylistically, I'd never put Sheryl Crow in that company.

    The Nashville Sound will always be a sore point for some Country fans. But I think it's basically a Mainstream issue - those who complain most about Country going too Pop tend to be Mainstream fans who want today's Mainstream to be more like the Mainstream of yesterday (whichever Mainstream era they best remember). The Nashville Sound (by definition, and by intention) has always been blended with Pop influences - the main concern in developing it in the '50s was to break away from the poorer, rural image associated with Rockabilly, Mountain Music, Honky Tonk and Western Swing, and present to an increasingly affluent and suburban audience something that could compete commercially with contemporary popular music. In that context, you can find plenty of Pop influence, especially in the choruses and backing music in people like Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Bill Anderson, etc. For that reason, I tend to lose sympathy with many of the arguments against today's contemporary Mainstream Country Music.

    I think I've stated my viewpoint before - for me, Country's a tapestry with many different threads. It's not just one style - it is, and should be, broad enough to embrace many styles. The Nashville Sound is generally one of my least favourites - I'm not a fan of most other Mainstream chart radio stars. In the current "top echelon" probably only Carrie and Miranda get through to me. But I'm mainly a Roots fan - the Roots sector generally has fewer hangups about mixing influences (though the influences it mixes tend to be more Rock and Blues than commercial Pop.)

    Two quotes I like:
    Allison Moorer: "Country Music is a broad church - it's meant to be inclusive, not exclusive"
    Jason Isbell: "“I just don’t see how any genre of music needs “saving” or “reclaiming.”

    But if anything did "save" commercial Country Music from the Nashville Sound it was probably Gram & Emmylou's landmark "Grievous Angel" album in 1974. More than anything, that probably paved the way for Alt Country as a viable sub-genre. Here's one of the song's, that came like a breath of fresh air to people wondering if Country could occupy solid ground somewhere between Mountain Music and Country Pop:


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    Quote Originally Posted by clh_hilary View Post
    The real Country Pop legends are obviously Taylor "The Lord" Shift, Hannah "Miley Cyrus" Montana, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Kelly "Freaking" Clarkson, Rihallah and Katy Perry.
    Sir, apart from Taylor Swift, your list is a bit dubious. A legend would have to have had sustained success in the genre or have some strong ties to country music.

    Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes & Glen Campbell are better examples, I think.

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