Friday, July 14, 2006

Country Music Artists....My Quick Rant

Ok, perhaps you're wondering who Rascal Flatts is. It is a band. I was just downloading some itunes and saw that they had recorded "Life is a Highway," which was a favorite of mine back in the day. It's horrible. Absolutely horrible (or at least the ten second itune clip was). The twangy country version is never better. Case in point is Dolly Parton's recording of "I Will Always Love You" versus Whitney Houston's. Maybe Dolly was first, but there is no comparison. Another less screeching example is "When the Stars Go Blue." If you've only heard Tim McGraw's version, check out Ryan Adams's. I know there are more examples of these musical abominations, but that's all for now.

Happy Weekend!

4 comments:

ilLegal said...

Long trip this weekend?

Your readers demand pics of the inflatable slip & slide!!!

Stars go blue is quite fine in the Ryan Adam's version.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Country Fan said...

I respect your opinion, but how about at least mentioning the country versions of songs, which were later done in other genres of music(in much worse versions). I.E. John Michael MOntgomery's "I can love you like that". Boyz 2 Men butchered that song! There are plenty of other good country songs that were ruined by Pop singers. For the record, Tim's version of "Stars Go Blue" is actually pretty good... and I really have no problem with Rascal Flatts version of "Life is a Highway". Perhaps you should give their other music a shot, try "Fast Cars and Freedom"... Just an idea!

Anonymous said...

Ally, I realize you are just a young "whippersnapper" but quite a bit of the song I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton was the fact that she wrote it and wrote it for Porter Waggoner who had spent years helping her get into the country music business in the early 60s by having her as a regular on his Porter Waggoner TV show. She finally realized that she could easily make it on her own and that he probably cared more about him than Vice-Versa but she did want him to know how she realized how he had meant so much to him. She has actually told that story numerous times. Waggoner is also still alive and was a GREAT in his own right but his career was "winding down" as hers was going straight up. Houston did the song proud and kept it original. DR. RJJ

Aaron said...

Terrible is when Johnny Cash does a Nine Inch Nails cover and it's played on the radio as Alternative.