5 Country Music Artists that Inspire me
It’s no secret that country music has the power to move a soul. It’s about hardship and heartache and it speaks to the hearts of millions worldwide. This cowboy is definitely one of the many that have been impacted by the truth and sorrows found in country music. Today I’m going to share with you the country music artists that inspire me to share my own stories.
Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers: Hot Burrito # 1
I once had the pleasure of seeing Gram Parson’s nudie suit on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The suit itself was such an amazing thing to see. Not only was it dazzling with all the glitz and glam of Nashville, but it also showed as a symbol of the progression of country music as the music drifted towards the pull of rock and roll. Parsons is often thought of as the founder of the country-rock genre and inspires me regularly to push the envelope and create my own music.
Hank Williams: I Can’t Help It (Featuring Anita Carter)
Anyone who loves country loves Hank Williams. Considered to be one of the country music genre’s most significant artists, Hank Williams continues to inspire me to stick to my roots and pay homage to the true country music sound. When I think of Hank Williams I think of his iconic suits and hats and how he sang about complex emotions while living in simpler times. Sometimes life can be hard, but listening to a good ol’ fashioned country song can make it better.
Hank Williams, Jr.: A Country Boy Can Survive
On the topic of Hank Williams, let’s talk about Hank Williams, Jr. Son of the legendry Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. has secured his own footing in country music history. His blend of southern rock, blues, and country is set apart from his father’s upbeat tempos but still holds true to the ideals of the country sound.
Ernest Tubb: Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin
Ernest Tubb, the Texas Troubadour, is a country music legend. A Texas native, Tubb made it big in Nashville and is known for his hits like Walking the Floor Over You, Waltz Across Texas, and Thanks a Lot. Tubb was a long time star at the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965. His honkey tonk music makes me think of simpler times and it’s a style of music I want to bring back.
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