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ANTI-Nashville / Music Row / Pop Country Song Compendium

January 22, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  121 Comments

secede-from-pop-countryAnti-Nashville, anti-Music Row, and anti-pop country songs have a long and proud tradition in country music that stretches almost all the way back to the beginning of the genre. As long as there’s been country music, there’s been folks arguing about how to define it, what it should sound like, and speaking out when they think it’s going in the wrong direction.

The amount and the approach of protest songs seems to parallel the trends in country music. When the genre begins to move more in a pop direction, country’s traditional artists pipe up in song. After compiling this list, it was clear the majority of them were written around the early 2000′s. This was the heyday for anti-Nashville sentiment, though there’s been a recent rash of new anti songs here recently.

Let’s look back at some of the most memorable country music protest songs, and below that is a semi-complete list of all of the protest songs we could aggregate from around the web in no certain order. If you see one that is left off, please pipe up in the comments section, and if it is a song whose existence can be verified, we’ll add it to the list. And the song needs to be at least somewhat “country,” and needs to be mostly about speaking out; not just a line or two in a song. And no, this doesn’t include parodies.

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Dale Watson – Country My Ass, Nashville Rash, Real Country Song

Maybe the king of the country protest warrior poets, Dale Watson’s arsenal of anti-Nashville songs rivals anyone’s. All three of his big ones appear on his 2002 album Live in London…England. He’s since moved on somewhat from his early 2000′s orneriness, though you can still hear light jabs at Music Row in most all of Dale’s 20+ albums.

Larry Cordle – Murder on Music Row

Arguably the most successful country protest song of all time, it was written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell, and originally appeared on an album of the same name with Cordle’s band Lonesome Standard Time in 1999. It was made popular as a duet between Alan Jackson and George Strait, first being performed on the 1999 CMA Awards, then awarded the 2000 Vocal Event of the Year award by the CMA, and then winning the CMA Song of the Year in 2001. “Murder On Music Row” was never officially released as a single, but still charted #38 on Billboard’s country chart. In 2006, Dierks Bentley and George Jones recorded a version of the song only made available on a Cracker Barrel compilation.

Hank Williams III – Trashville, Dick in Dixie, The Grand Ole Opry (Ain’t So Grand)

Probably the loudest and the most foul-mouthed of the anti-Nashville bunch, the grandson of Hank Williams pulls no punches. No, “Dick in Dixie” ain’t about a guy named Richard, nor is that what Hank3 suggests Jimmy Martin would tell the current Opry managers all to “suck” if he were still around in the song “The Grand Ole Opry (Ain’t So Grand).” Immature or not, Hank3 made tremendous strides in raising awareness about many of the issues arising in Music City.

Waylon Jennings – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

One of the earliest country protest songs and possibly the most potent. With two chords and the truth, Waylon lays the wisdom down thick about how country music had lost its way in 1975 while in the midst of the “Nashville Sound” era. The song became a #1 hit, and spent 16 weeks on the Billboard country chart. It remains one of Waylon’s most signature songs, and the standard bearer for country protest songs, with the lyrical theme being reworked many times (and many replacing Hank’s name with Waylon’s) in modern songs of protest. Waylon was not known as a prolific songwriter, but he wrote this one himself.

Other Waylon Protest Songs: If Ol’ Hank Could Only See Us Now, Nashville Bum, Nashville Rebel

Darrell Scott / The Dixie Chicks – Long Time Gone

Everyone got so swept up in the political blowup surrounding The Dixie Chicks, they forgot they were a serious, substantive country roots group. Their excellent album Home included the most commercially successful country protest song of all time, and the 2nd best in chart performance, only rivaled by Waylon’s “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.” Written by Darrell Scott and originally appearing on the album Real Time with Tim O’Brien, the song tells the story of a farm boy that moves to Nashville, become disenfranchised, and moves back. It became a #2 hit on Billboard’s country chart, and #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The bridge begins the protest portion of the song, followed by the pointed 3rd verse: “Listen to the radio, they hear what’s cooking, but the music ain’t got no soul. Now they sound tired but they don’t sound Haggard. They’ve got money but they don’t have Cash. They’ve got Jr. but they don’t have Hank…”

George Jones- Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

The most subtle of the protest songs, George Jones asks who will fill the shoes of all the country greats of the past. It was the title track on his 1985 release from Epic Records, and reached #3 on the Billboard country charts, written by Max D. Barnes and  Troy Harold Seals. The song was also accompanied by a great video.

List of Songs of Country Protest

  • Tom T. Hall – The Last Country Song
  • Hank Williams Jr. – Old Nashville Cowboy
  • Eleven Hundred Springs – Hank Williams Wouldn’t Make It Now in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Josh Abbott Band – I’ll Sing About Mine
  • Robbie Fulks – Fuck This Town
  • Dough Sahm – Oh No, Not Another One
  • John Hartford – Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry
  • BR549 – Movin’ The Country, A-1 On The Jukebox
  • Jesse Dayton – Hey Nashvegas!
  • Alan Jackson – Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Up-Tempo Love Song

 

  • Jason & The Scorchers – Greetings From Nashville
  • Cory Morrow – Nashville Blues
  • The Carter Family III – Maybelle’s Guitar
  • Willie Nelson – Sad Songs & Waltzes, Write Your Own Songs
  • Sturgill Simpson – Life Ain’t Fair & The World Is Mean
  • David Frizzell & Bobby Bare – Cowboy Hat
  • Vince Gill – Young Man’s Town
  • Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
  • Brad Paisley, Bill Anderson, Buck Owens, George Jones – Too Country
  • Dallas Wayne – If That’s Country

 

  • Marty Stuart – Tip Your Hat (not really a protest song, but very close)
  • Brigitte London – Mr. Nashville
  • Hellbound Glory – Waylon Never Done It Their Way
  • Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon – Let’s Burn Ole Nashville Down
  • Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You, Solid Country Gold, Put The ‘O’ Back In Country
  • The Waco Brothers – Death of Country Music
  • JB Beverley & The Wayward Drifters – Dark Bar & A Juke Box
  • Barbara Mandrell – I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool
  • Tom VandenAvond – Wreck of a Fine Man
  • Cross Canadian Ragweed – Anywhere But Here, Record Exec.

 

  • The Geezenslaws – Bad Rock and Roll
  • Austin Cunningham – 15 Songs
  • Corey Smith – If That’s Country
  • Houston Marchman – Viet Nashville
  • Kenneth Brian – Something’s Wrong with the Juke Box, Nashville Line
  • Laney Strickland – Ca$hville
  • The Hackensaw Boys – Nashville
  • Jamie Richards – I Guess They’ve Never Been to Texas
  • Those Poor Bastards – Radio Country
  • The Rounders – That Ole Jukebox

 

  • Joey Allcorn – In Nashville, Tennessee; This Ain’t Montgomery
  • Brent Amaker & The Rodeo – Sissy New Age Cowboy
  • Joe Buck Yourself – Music City’s Dead
  • Emily Herring & Henpecked – Has Country Gone To Hell
  • Heather Myles – Nashville’s Gone Hollywood
  • The Skeeters – Country Pop
  • Erik Koskanen Band – Ain’t No Honky Tonks
  • The Gin Palace Jesters – Nashville Penny
  • Tommy Alverson – Purty Boys
  • Ronnie Hymes – Dueling Kazoo (a Finger for Trashville)

 

  • John D. Hale Band – Outlaw Groove
  • Bobby Bare  – Rough on the Living
  • Marty Stuart – Sundown in Nashville
  • Merle Haggard – Too Much Boogie Woogie
  • Josh Thompson – Too Country
  • Daryl Singletary – I Still Sing This Way
  • Gary Gibson – I’ve Had All of Nashville I Can Stand
  • John Anderson – Takin’ The Country Back
  • Keith Whitley – Buck
  • George Jones – Billy B. Bad

 

  • Will Hoge & Wade Bowen – Song Nobody Will Hear
  • Jackson Taylor & The Sinners – Country Song
  • Jarrod Birmingham – Where’d You Go Country Music
  • Reckless Kelly – New Moon Over Nashville
  • Red Eye Junction – Living Proof
  • Rebel Son- Stereo
  • Lance Miller – The Beach
  • Audrey Auld – The Next Big Nothing
  • Pale Horse – Outlaw Breed
  • Lummox – New Country

 

  • Tim Hus – Country Music Lament
  • Tex Schutz – Put The Country Back in the Music (and the Rock Back in the Ground)
  • Roger Alan Wade – Jingle Jangle Angel
  • The Deep Dark Woods – The Won’t Last Long
  • Tom Russell – The Death of Jimmy Martin
  • Jamey Johnson – The Last Cowboy
  • Jerry Kilgore – Ain’t Got One Honky Tonk
  • Whitey Morgan & The 78′s – If It Ain’t Broke
  • The Divorcees – You Ain’t Gettin’ My Country
  • Wesley Dennis – Country Enough
  • Rodney Hayden – Goodbye Country Music
  • Davey Smith – Country Went to Hell
  • Ernie Clifton – Goodby Country Music Hall of Fame

121 Comments to “ANTI-Nashville / Music Row / Pop Country Song Compendium”

  • What about Alan Jackson’s “Gone Country”? I think it belongs in this category, though it is more about the people of the pop country scene than the music itself.

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    • Interesting. I can see how it could be interpreted that way, but I’ve always thought of it more as speaking to the “Gone Country” trend of the 90′s when all of a sudden people who had never been country before bought boots and hats and started listening to country radio.

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  • Cross Canadian Ragweed- Anywhere But Here has some good protest lines.

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    • Need to go back and listen to that one.

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      • Added!

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  • What about Jud Block’s The New Underground? A big fuck you to pseudo-outlaw assholes everywhere…including some folks on your list.

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    • Good pick and a good song, but isn’t it more calling out underground scenesters than Nashville / Music Row / or pop country? I don’t know if it should be on the list or not.

      People should check the song out though. Jud lays down some truth.

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  • Alan Jackson again – “Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Up-Tempo Love Song”

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    • Up there!

      Love that song.

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  • I knew this would immediately descend into a Where’s Waldo-style exercise to see what I missed ;).

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  • oops…..never mind….gonna try that whole “Read The Whole Article” thing next time

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  • Nive list! I think my songs My First Love, Honky Tonk Till I Die, and Stanfing in the Headlights tale subtle stabbs at the pop country bull shit.lol

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    • Every Eric Strickland song is a song of country protest because it shows Music Row how to do it right.

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      • I only hope my next album can live up to the standard that Honky Tonk Till I Die has set. heres hopin

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  • I was going to say “Hank” by Jason Boland but you have Eleven Hundred Springs – “Hank Williams Wouldn’t Make It Now in Nashville, Tennessee” . I had no idea they recorded it first. I learn something every day.

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  • lI meant nice list not nive.lol

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  • Joe Buck Yourself – Music City’s Dead!

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    • Just added this. I was reluctant to put it on because it’s really not a country song. But Joe deserves to be on here, right?

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  • Countrier Than Thou – Robbie Fulks
    If That Ain’t Country – David Allan Coe
    Lets Go Burn Old Nashville Down – Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon
    I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool – Barbara Mandrell (performer)

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    • I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool – Barbara Mandrell (performer)

      Excellent one! Gross oversight on my part. Added!

      Lets Go Burn Old Nashville Down – Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon

      Up there!

      Countrier Than Thou – Robbie Fulks

      I thought about this one, but if you hear Robbie talk about this song it is actually about people criticizing him for playing rock songs, so I don’t think it fits. There’s a video out there with him explaining the meaning behind it.

      If That Ain’t Country – David Allan Coe

      Another I considered but I think this is more Coe trying to justify he’s country than Coe criticizing Nashville for not being country. I’m on the fence about this one.

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      • Trigger, I think you are right about Countrier than Thou and If That Ain’t Country. Coe and Fulks are such great songwriters that I imagine they know that their words can be interpreted in many ways and seen from many different perspectives.

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      • Not sure that Mandrell was calling out Nashville but more saying that she wasn’t late to the party if you will. And honestly performers like Mandrell embraced the post “Urban Cowboy” commercialization that drove Nashville country into the ditch.

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        • Bigfoot. I agree with you about Mandrell, but she didn’t write the song. She was just the unwitting mouthpiece. Thats why I put “performer” in quotes next to her name. I could be wrong, but I always thought that the song was about being country before countrypolitan and the slick Nashville sound made country “cool.” I could certainly be wrong. Just my reading of the song.

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  • Great list! I can’t think of anything to add, really; but thanks for including “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “Murder and Music Row,” “Long Time Gone,” and the little mention of AJ’s “…Up-Tempo Love Song.” :)

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  • Here’s one we did….
    http://redeyejunction.bandcamp.com/track/living-proof

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    • Thanks for sharing, added above!

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  • Nice article!! Love the list. Not sure if this one qualifies, but it’s a good song anyways– “Write Your Own Songs” by Willie.

    http://youtu.be/gXavCs-wSJQ

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  • Jarrod Birmingham – Where’d You Go Country Music

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  • Rebel Son – Stereo

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    • Great suggestions Wayfast, added above.

      “Don’t rat fuck my stereo!”

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  • How about a guy who I have not seen mentioned on this site before…

    If That’s Country – Corey Smith

    Despite not having a hardcore country sound, he is a fantastic songwriter that I love to listen to.

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    • Good one Derek! Added.

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  • Cross Canadian Ragweed had another one, “Record Exec” from, I believe, the Mission California album. Much more of a rock sound to it, but the message is pretty clear through the lyrics.

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  • Why does this guy get overlooked on EVERYTHING????
    Except for Dale this is probably the best nashville callout since Waylon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N-UFoIraHY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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    • Because there’s a vast conspiracy against Jackson Taylor that I am a willing participant in! ;)

      Actually I think it’s because Jackson Taylor resides mostly in Red Dirt, but he belongs in underground country. It kind of puts him in no man’s land. But you’re right, “Country Song” was an oversight. That’s why I queried the public to help fill out this list. There’s no way one man can know all of these songs.

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  • Also, Will Hoge’s new single with Wade Bowen, “Song Nobody Will Hear” belongs on this list. Figured you would be doing a review of it at some point. They sang it together at Musicfest earlier this month and it’s posted on Youtube now.

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    • Great suggestions Scott. I had heard that new Will Hoge song and it slipped my mind. Really happy that guy is finding a lot of interest lately.

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  • “New Moon Over Nashville” by Reckless Kelly is also a great protest song.

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    • Good one! Added.

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  • Did I miss “Murder On Music Row”, By Larry Cordell and lonesome standard time?

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    • Near the very top!

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      • I see it now. I just read the list of songs and didn’t see the video

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  • “They’ve got Jr. but they don’t have Hank.”

    OUCH! That’s a really brutal line.

    An early indication of the Dixie Chicks’ political views, perhaps?

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    • I think more of a knock on country’s youth movement than Hank Jr.

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      • When they directly named Hank Jr., it became a knock on him.

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        • Darrell Scott wrote the song.

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  • I love “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”. That song sets the gold standard for how to make a classy, subtle, and thoughtful protest song.

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  • I kind of now understand better the ”Murder on Music Row” song than I did a few years ago.

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  • Long Haired Redneck by DAC?

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  • Aaron Watson’s Hey Y’all is a sort of mockery/protest song. Hank 3′s “Not Everybody Likes Us” is a good one too. REK’s Road Goes On and On is great as well.

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  • J.B. Beverly – Dark Bar and a Jukebox, too

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    • Its on there! I think…yep. Can’t forget JB.

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  • Great retrospect and list!

    Believe it or not…..

    Josh Thompson’s “Too Country” is a good one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4tCJPR4g2Q

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    • It’s Josh Thompson, but it qualifies.

      Josh Thompson continues to impress after coming out initially and looking like a complete “new Outlaw” idiot.

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      • I agree. The bad taste I get from him is starting to dissipate a little bit. Curious to see how the new record will be.

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  • Bobby Bare/Shel Silverstein – Rough on the Living

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    • Excellent one. Never heard this before. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Marty Stuart’s Sundown In Nashville?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjP9aPACr4A

    “Each evening at sundown in Nashville, they sweep the broken dreams off the street.”

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    • Great one. How did I forget about that?

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  • I could be wrong but I always took RACHEL BROOKE’s song “Lonesome Turns Bore-some” was an anti-nashville song. off the top of my head, it goes something like…..

    “everyones lovely who stand the right way,
    ill think something different as soon as you say,
    ive worked all my life to obtain all this strife,
    and now you should listen to me….

    to me, she is saying esentally what hank sr said years ago… “if youre gonna make it, you cant fake it, you gotta live it.”

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    • Interesting. I love that song, written by her fiance Brooks (Junk). I’ve always thought of it pertaining to a more broader subject though, just simply about many facets of life and how people trying to gain pride from being downtrodden.

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  • The late great Doug Sahm (aka/or founder/leader/singer in Sir Douglas Quintett, Texas Tornados, Last Texas Blues Band, Wayne Douglas and Texas Mavericks) off his last album before his death – The Return of Wayne Douglas – Oh No! Not Another One – http://youtu.be/u_EbMXh1dtM
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  • Travis Tritt – Country ain’t country

    Daryle Singletary – I still sing this way

    Gary Gibson – I’ve had all of Nashville I can stand

    John Anderson- Takin the country back

    Shooter Jennings – Put the O back in country?

    Keith Whitley- Buck

    George Jones – Billy B Bad

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    • Excellent list of additions. I had totally forgotten about Billy B. Bad, that’s a great song.

      I didn’t add Travis Tritt though. I think that’s more about the disappearance of the country as far as a way of life and a landscape than the music.

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    • 2nd the Jon Anderson!

      also, wasn’t there an awards show where they wouldn’t play the George Jones protest song, but Alan Jackson did?

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  • Carl Perkin’s Cadillac – DBT

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    • Good song, but I’m not sure it fits here. What we have to ask is if the primary intention of a song is to speak out against the direction of country music. In this case, I think it is more the story of Carl Perkins, and that is only a small element in the story.

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  • It’s going to be fun diving into the ones I never heard before.Thanks for doing this.

    Have you ever heard “Too Much Boogie Woogie” from Merle Haggard from his “Working In Tennesee” album? It would be a nice fit above I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuEEIj_LPbA

    “If you don’t know what we’re talking about,have a good day and say good by” Ha! I love it

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    • “Too Much Boogie Woogie” is a good one. Some periodical somewhere named it the worst song. Wait, here it is:

      http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/five-country-songs-from-2011-we-wont-miss-in-2012/Content?oid=2699159

      I’m sort of sitting on the fence about “Working in Tennessee.” Certainly is a line or two in there, but did Merle intend for it to be a protest song?

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      • lol They’re bitching he calls it boogie woogie.The man is up there in age,it’s probably still a modern term to him! I dunno if it’s a straight up protest song either,but he does a good job calling out the crap they play on the radio and Opry today.

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  • I wrote an anti pop country song called “Outlaw Breed” https://www.facebook.com/PaleHorseBand/app_2405167945

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    • Despite the Facebook player deciding to play 2 songs at once (I guess to save time?) I found the song on ReverbNation and I think it qualifies. Thanks for sharing!

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  • …and what about “Write Your Own Songs” by Willie Nelson?

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    • For some reason, I’ve been sitting on the fence about including it, but I think it deserves to be there.

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  • would lance miller’s the beach count?

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    • Ha! Good one. Added.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWsYOoSJCDI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Dmj6uDecs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpawpQ5jfSI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rok8jE18Sw

    You also missed my favourite Hank III protest song, Not Everybody Likes Us. As much as I enjoy the vulgarity of the other three, there’s something I really like about the mostly not-that-vulgar song throwing the line “God damn your fucking dumb” at us near the end.

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  • You also missed Waylon’s If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now. And I know you don’t like him, but I think you can count Jamey Johnson’s Between Jennings and Jones: “Some record executives found me on night/I was singing half-lit, they said it sounded just right/They put my name on an album but they shelved all my songs/Said I was somewhere between Jennings and Jones”.

    I don’t know if Fred Eaglesmith’s Johnny Cash counts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfYB-rVDD8Q), because it’s about a specific issue of fake Johnny Cash fans instead of country in general, but it’s along the right lines.

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    • “If Old Hank Could See Us Now” is listed up in the Waylon section. A few folks have mentioned “Not Everybody Like Us” but I think that more about one line than a song that was meant to be a 100% protest song. The Travis Tritt song seems more about mixing country and rock than complaining about it.

      But the Tim Hus and Divorcees songs are excellent find. Love them both. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      • Sorry, I don’t know how I missed the Waylon one. And that’s funny, I always heard the Tritt song as complaining about boring pop/country, but that I listen to it again, it does seem to be advocating country/rock.

        Glad to see Tim Hus and The Divorcees added; Canadians don’t have much in the way of country, but what exists is damn good.

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  • Whitey Morgan’s If It Ain’t Broke

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    • Added, thanks!

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  • Joecephus and The George Jonestown Massacre – Time for a Change

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    • Need to get an ear on this one. Only can find it on subscription sites. I think I may have a copy of this album somewhere…

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  • Really? No Longhaired Redneck? well, it is YOUR list.

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    • Sorry Hagpish, I wasn’t ignoring you. I addressed this in another comment. I think Longhaired Redneck is more about David Allan Coe saying he’s country than David saying Nashville isn’t. I don’t really think it qualifies.

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  • Another Ragweed song: Leaving Tennessee

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    • I think this is more of a heartbreak song that happens to have Nashville and Tennessee in it. Good suggestion though.

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  • What about Jason Eady- AM country heaven? I know the song is about commercial radio but it definitely covers pop country anti-Nashville.

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    • Up there! Good song.

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  • “If It Ain’t Broke” – Whitey Morgan

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    • oops, too late, my bad Trig.

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  • Murder on music row?? George strait and Alan jackson

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    • Never heard of it! ;) (Check up above)

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  • Should include Jamey Johnson’s ‘The Last Cowboy’

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    • Added! Someone mentioned this on Twitter yesterday and it slipped my mind.

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    • I’m not sure anyone has said it better than this in today’s era:

      “I think the message of this is in the last line of the song, Does everything good have to change until the last cowboy is gone? It kind of says, Hey, pay attention to whats going on around you, because a style of music is slowly dying away. The world is full of young people today who never experienced the outlaw era, dont know anything about The Dukes of Hazard or never heard Waylon Jennings. And thats what fed a lot of people like me. It was soul-seeking music. Those songs were poetry Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton you could crawl up inside those songs and examine yourself in one. Those people lived and breathed songs, and we need to reach people today the way they did.”
      - Jamey Johnson

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  • I think this one applies, as Nashville acts increasingly ashamed of actual country music:

    “Cause I think what they’ve done is well worth doin’
    And they’re doin’ it the best way that they can
    You’re the only one that you are screwin’
    When you put down what you don’t understand”

    -Kris Kristofferson, “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams (Kiss My Ass)”

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  • Great list Hoss!
    Couldnt find ” The death of Jimmy Martin” by Tom Russell

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    • Another good one. Added!

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  • oddly enough billy ray cyrus country music has the blues is a good one.

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  • Just listening to my iPod, how about ‘take this country back’ by Vince Gill and John Anderson.

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  • Hey brother Trig!
    Ya gotta hear Houston Marchman’s “Viet Nashville”. Might’ve brought that’n up on here before, but sometimes I guess it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the sea of comments and names/titles, but yeah, do yourself that favor if ya get a chance!

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    • It’s up there man. Thanks!

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  • Brad Paisley too country. Believe it or not it has Bill Anderson and George Jones and won a cma award , even though it was never released.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Nxlc5iHeg

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    Plus Waylon wrote a lot of songs.

    He wrote “Good Hearted Woman”, “Dreaming my Dreams”, “Bob Wills is Still the King”, “This Time”.
    Some of his best!!!

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    • “Too Country” is up there.

      I agree that Waylon Jennings wrote most of his greatest songs. I just was making the point that he was not known for being a prolific songwriter.

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  • how about Jerry Kilgore’s Ain’t Got One Honky Tonk

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    • Good one! added.

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  • how about aaron watsons hey yall and earl dibbles jr the country boy song

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    • I would consider these parody songs. I’m going to try and put a list of those together soon maybe!

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  • Terry Allen- Flatland Farmer

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  • craig campbell you probably ani’t is worth a listen.

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  • What about Leaving, TX~Farewell Nashville??

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  • Dale Watson has another one, Nashville Rash

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  • Sorry, I see you already mentioned Dale Watson’s Nashville Rash.

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  • I think this one’s left out. Shane Worley – Mister Purified Country
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z90aM6O1M6c

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  • Eleven Hundred Springs – Long-Haired Tatooed Hippie Freaks (Lyrics – ‘yeah, all them clean-cut boys they have in Nashville – don’t know a damn thing about where we’re coming from’)

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  • Honored to be on this list. DAMN!
    Thanks
    LS

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  • “Johnny Cash is Dead & His House Burned Down” by Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers!!

    great to see Tim Hus up there, just saw him on friday

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  • Joey & Rory’s “Play the Song”?

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  • Daryle Singletary also does a superbly biting song in concert called “Get Out Of My Country.” Unfortunately not available on album, but there are several clips of full performances on Youtube.

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