Best non-country country music?

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  1. Blues Trucker

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    Dwight could rock it up

    And what could be wrong with a song called Guitars Cadillacs?

    And IMO he does this one better than the King himself.
     
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    And next thing you know you're wearing a pair of Tony Lamas, and shopping for a George Strait white straw.
     
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    Sweet Virginia - Stones
     
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    Sturgill Simpson has got some "not so country" country that is still authentic.



     
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    I think I get were you're coming from @Roncg41677
    I always dug the Stephen Stills country licks in this Bob Dylan cover
     
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    And on the Donovan cover as well. :D
     
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    One of my favorite albums:

     
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    Billy Joel? That's not country;) I guess when Garth sings it it is!
     
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    So I've finally had a chance to listen to a few artists. I haven't been able to sit and sift through all of the recommendations on this thread yet. Hoping to do that today. So far I've just randomly picked some artists on Amazon music and created a playlist. Here's my impressions so far:

    Country artists have a major problem with alcohol.
    I always thought it was just a stereotype about country music, that it was all about drowning your problems in a bottle.
    Nope.
    And it's like, every artist I've listened to so far! I've never watched the CMA's. Are they just one giant intervention? I hope so, because WOW. On the upside, I discovered the answer to every problem you have in life, or to just have fun, is in a bottle, so there's that.​

    Here's the ones I've liked so far:
    Brad Paisley - I think he's a given. His guitar prowess is just amazing. I especially liked the song "Today" off of "Love and War"
    Zac Brown Band - Seems like a blend of country, southern rock, and pop. Kind of digging this.
    Vince Gill - Just enjoying him all around.
    Merle Haggard - This reminds me of country music I heard growing up. My grandma and uncle played and sang together in a country band, and this reminds me a bit of that. One of my first memories really being mesmerized by an electric guitar was a country band at the Ohio State Fair in the 80's, and this kind of takes me back there.

    I wasn't crazy about Eric Church (just didn't click for me) or Keith Urban. I've seen Urban concerts on TV a few times and always liked him. I didn't get on with his recordings though.

    I may not have titled my post accurately enough. I'm not entirely turned off by country music, I guess what I'm finding is I just really like stuff with good electric guitar playing and deep lyrical content. I am looking forward to scrolling through all of the videos posted, and will update later.

    (BTW, I hope I didn't offend anyone with my comments about the prevalence of alcohol in country lyrics. I know many people have very real struggles with it, and I'm not attempting to make light of that. I've known people who's lives were ruined by it, and I hate seeing it glamorized. I know the same goes for other genres as well, and that chemical abuse is rampant in many genres. Not trying to single country music out. I was just surprised by how many of the songs that came up didn't just reference it, they revolved around it.)
     
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    This is awesome! Love what he does with the tuner. Really enjoyed this one!
     
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    Merle is real country.
     
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    Mods, please lock this thread DOWN! This is the holy grail. My quest has ended. Thank you heltershelton!

    (on second thought, maybe don't lock it down yet)
     
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    This is killer!
     
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    Cool. I really love what he does too. I'm not really a Country fan, with a few notable exceptions, but I really like him.
     
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    Dire Straits did some country-ish songs back in the day. These are a couple I like with a sort of country-ish sound:

     
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    10,000 springs has some good tunes, long haired hippie tattooed freaks is a fun one
     
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    Jason Isbell. Chris Stapleton. Sturgill Simpson. Lydia Loveless.
     
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    That's almost Allman Brothers territory.
     
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    I took it to mean either/or.
    As in non-country songs by artists known primarily for country as well as country, country/rock or country influenced songs by non-country artists.

    I think we've got a pretty good assortment of both as reflected by my submissions.
    Good thread. :thumb:
     
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