By Kurt Wolff
Country music often gets a bad rap in the ears of nonbelievers—by which I mean, people who are not already fans of country. Complaints run from the lyrics (dogs, trucks, mamas) to the instrumentation (especially banjo and pedal steel), vocal style (nasal twang) and even the tempo (sad and mopey on one hand, unnaturally upbeat and always-party-ready on the other).
To be clear, this goes for the old stuff like Hank, Lefty and Kitty Wells as well as the current crop.
But are such complaints fair? Is country music formulaic? Does many of today’s hit songs not only share similar sonic characteristics, but actually seem like they are little more than variations of the same song?
To prove his point, Todd created a mashup out of six currently popular country songs: “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton, “Drunk On You” by Luke Bryan, “Chillin’ It” by Cole Swindell, “Close Your Eyes” by Parmalee, “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and “Ready, Set, Roll” by Chase Rice.
And surprise surprise, when edited together and played-side-by-side in a single mix, they blend together amazingly well. Hear for yourself above.
There’s no question that the mashup is a fun listen. Mashalot’s edits are clean, and his choice of clips do indeed run together almost seamlessly (make sure you stay to the end, when all six songs are brought together). However, is it a fair assessment of the country music landscape? Not entirely.
For starters, there is some manipulation involved. The songs were obviously hand-picked based on their chord progressions, instrumentation and lyrical content. The latter of which involves such standard subject matter as tailgates, tight jeans and summertime good times.
When this selective group of songs is brought together, then, it seems to be as critical of mainstream country’s formulaic nature as was a video compiled last year that highlighted the genre’s overabundant “bro country” cliches.
Read more and see the video on Radio.com.