Why Florida Georgia Line isn’t the death of country music (a counter-rant)

This morning Jason, after drinking his first cup of iced coffee, wrote a rant (his words) about Florida Georgia Line and how their song Cruise is the death of country music. If my counting is correct, this is actually the second article like this that's appeared on NashvilleGab; the first was by Vickye who, as far as I can tell, really, really doesn't like Florida Georgia Line and is definitely not afraid to say it. 

The post this morning was insightful and a much better written article than I could ever write. I'm more of a bada bing, I'm out of here sort of writer … Jason's not. That's why I love him and Vickye and all my other writers, they're all much better than I am at the long and insightful stuff.

So why exactly am I writing this post after Jason so eloquently expressed his feelings about Florida Georgia Line this morning you ask? Simple, I don't actually agree with the view that Florida Georgia Line and their brand of music is leading the way to country's untimely demise. No, I just think they're leading us down the path of if you don't like it, put your money where your mouth is and listen to something else. I'm not here to say that Jason is wrong in any way, because I certainly don't think that, I'm just giving my two cents because I see things differently. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of August 10th, 2013

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Well folks, it’s happened. Florida Georgia Line have
surpassed the record for number of consecutive weeks spent at #1 on Hot Country
Songs with ‘Cruise’. They are the all-time record holders (Jason
Scott, one of our writers, had a rant about this today
). In addition, ‘Cruise’
is #1 on Country Digital Songs, and their album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ is
still #1 on Top Country Albums.  Their
latest single, ‘Round Here’ is at #6 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs,
and #12 on Country Airplay, while ‘Get Your Shine On’ remains popular at #20 on
Country Digital Songs and #22 on Hot Country Songs. Basically, in a short space
of time, they’ve taken over the genre.

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Kristy Lee Cook and Randy Houser, “Wherever Love Goes” – Single Review

Kristy Lee Cook, Wherever Love Goes

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Since her run on "American Idol"s seventh installment, Kristy Lee Cook has been attempting to break through that ever-present female barrier. After releasing "15 Minutes of Shame," the lead off single from 2008's "Why Wait" record, she was soon dropped by Arista Nashville in December of that same year. Kristy resurfaced in 2010 when she signed to Broken Bow Records — label home to Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch. Last year, Kristy released the beautiful "Airborne Ranger Infantry," a song inspired by poems written by her father, Larry Cook, during his time in the Vietnam War. Despite not gaining traction at radio, she continued to refine her songwriting and is now back with a brand new single.

Partnering up with labelmate Randy Houser (he's signed to Broken Bows' Stoney Creek division), the two tackle a syrupy sweet ballad "Wherever Love Goes," off Randy's latest "How Country Feels" album.

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Why Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” is the death of modern country music [A Rant]

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After having my first cup of iced coffee this morning (Aug. 1), I began the ritual of scanning my Reader feed for noteworthy news items. Of course, the first one I locked my eyes on was Billboard's story about Florida Georgia Line and their hick-hop smash "Cruise." The song has officially spent 22 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and is the longest running song at the summit in the history of forever and ever amen.

I should add that Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" also broke a record after the new controversial chart metholodogy was implemented last fall. The completely pop song broke Connie Smith's previously held record for a solo female and spent 10 weeks at the top. But I digress. (Note: I bring this up because both acts are on Big Machine).

Anyways, "Cruise" is now the hottest song to ever be released in country music, due mostly from a remix featuring rapper Nelly…

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JJ Lawhorn Is The “Original Good Ol’ Boy”

 
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JJ Lawhorn is the true definition of a country boy, rural Virginia must have taught him well. His music is a good mix of traditional country with a little bit of newer flavor wrapped in there somewhere. Lawhorn, who is signed with Average Joes Entertainment beside label mate Colt Ford, has recently released a new record….and it's a winner. "Original Good Ol' Boys" aka O.G.O.B was released July, 16th 2013. I've took a pretty good liking to this artist so I decided to catch up with him for the rundown.

How would you best describe this album? What kind of style was you going for?

 I don't know if I ever went for any particular style, I just wanted to make something that I was proud of, stay true to myself, create a project that gives people insight to who I am and at the same time make a statement. I guess the only way to describe the record is "my life in song form."

Tell me about the process of making this album? I heard you worked with Jeremy Stover, how was that?

 It was nothing short of amazing. Stover is kinda like a second father type figure to me who has passed on unimaginable amounts of wisdom and put his reputation on the line many times to help me get started in this business. I can honestly say I would have never been able to get through the whole process without him. Basically I was blessed enough to have been able to sit down with some of the best songwriters in town, rack their brains for advice and write some great songs. I'm very proud of the fact that every song on my record I either wrote myself or co wrote. Then from there we went into the studio, recorded the music,worked hard and knocked out twenty songs. I actually finished my record awhile before I even got my record deal.

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