Author: Zackary Kephart
You know, it’s been a strange year for Country and Americana music. Now, you might be thinking of that as a negative thing, but really it’s far from it. It seems like 2016 is the year that people either drift away from the traditional country sound or cling tightly to it. Now, both extremes have brought us some fantastic music thus far this year, and there have been albums that are a little of both extremes. It’s just fascinating watching to see what artist drifts in what direction.
Another interesting observation has been that most of those artists who have chosen to stick to the traditional country sound are either young in age, young in their careers, and most commonly both. Perhaps it’s a rebellion to the pop sound that has permeated the mainstream these days. Perhaps it’s just the kind of music these artists want to make. Either way, it’s great to see a younger generation that wants to carry on the torch for traditional country music.