I don't want to derail the thread about rock music/parents, so I'll start another thread.
Over and over, people say, "I like all kinds of music...except country!" That thread contains plenty of posts like that.
But there are also comments from people like me who like country.
When I was a teenager (back in the 1970s), I was like most teenagers and HATED country music. My parents insisted on listening to people like Dottie West and Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Sr. and the Carter Sisters, and I absolutely cringed. The "twang" drove me nuts, and the songs seemed so corny, all about Mama and lovin' that man and tears in your beer.
But then something hapened. During my summers off from college, I got summer jobs in factories. I couldn't work in offices, since I had no office skills. I didn't want to be a waitress and wait on people. Besides, factory work paid a lot more and I didn't have to dress up!
I had to be at work at 6:30 in the morning-yikes! In fact, one summer, I worked 3rd shift in a dog food factory and worked all night.
While driving to work, I would turn on the radio. And somehow, listening to rock music, especially the rock music of the late 1970s, just didn't rev me up for another day at the assembly line. I would envision all those rock musicians and their long hair (which would be hotter than blue blazes in an un-air conditioned factory) and their silly songs about peace and why the government is failing all the people and why we should reject everything--and it just all seemed so fake, so not real-life. It was Hollywood and New York and discos and nightclubs and skyscrapers, not Northern Illinois and farmland and factories.
Then while I was flipping the radio dial, I ran across a little song called, "Take This Job and Shove It," by a guy named, amazingnly, Johnny Paycheck. If you don't know it, find it on YouTube.
Now THIS was more like it! While driving to work at 5:30 in the morning, I could crank up Johnny and caterwaul out these great words that I could truly identify with! Of course I was grateful for my job and the paycheck, but it wasn't exactly fulfilling work, either! The song was fun! I knew that it was just for fun (although I realized that some factory workers with a bad boss really identified with Paycheck's song and wanted to get out of the factory.)
But Johnny's song was on the COUNTRY station. Yech!
At first I would switch as soon as he was done singing. But then I heard a few other songs on that country station.
My favorite was Ronnie Millsap. He had a number of hits out that summer. Probably the best known was "What A Difference You've Made In My Life."
This is a great upbeat song, and it fit my life at that time, when I was dating my boyfriend for the third summer in a row. I was so in love, and Millsap's song (and several of his other songs) were so uplifting. And Millsap sings and plays the piano with soul! In fact, I thought he was black at first.
When I found out he blind from birth, I was hooked. I still like Ronnie Millsap after all these years.
And there were other songs. Dolly Parton was prolific at that time, and was doing songs like "Coat of Many Colours." Now this is a song that you would never, ever hear on a rock station. It's about being poor and having a loving family.
And Kenny Rogers--I didn't really like Rogers that much, but I loved "The Gambler." It was a good story, with a great ending. Story songs were not very common on rock stations. (Gordon Lightfooot was an exception.)
In other words, the "country crossovers" got me hooked.
At first, I hated the old guard country music. But then I started listening, actually LISTENING, to these people. And I realized that it was mean-spirited of me to dislike songs just because the singers had Southern accents. That was just plain prejudice on my part, and it was wrong.
And I realized that the slide guitar, the mandolin, the banjo, the fiddle, etc. were just instruments, and there was no reason that they were "inferior" compared to the electric bass, the Hammond organ (popular back then), and the drums.
I started liking the feel of these pieces, and the flow and the easiness of the country standards. It was so much more enjoyable listening to music like this on those early morning drives to work than listening to jarring, rebellious rock music. I arrived at work (or home from work) in a much more even-tempered frame of mind.
More than anything, though, I started listening to the words to these country pieces, and realizing that these words spoke to me right where I was, in Northern Illinois working in a factory and hoping to get married to my high-school boyfriend. I lived on a farm back then with my parents, and I had to help with farm chores like hay-baling.
My life matched country more than it matched rock or classical.
And so I started liking country.
Fast forward to when my husband and I had our daughters. From the very beginning, we played all kinds of music around them, and they grew up liking country. As teenagers, both of my daughters had more country albums than rock albums in their collections. (Now they have downloads.)
I honestly think that people should give country a chance and not turn it off just because the singers "twang."
Why do YOU like country?