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Country brodown: Every truck, beer, jeans, moonlight, and 'girl' reference on the current chart

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Just how bro is “bro country” right now? It’s pretty bro, bro.

In case you haven’t heard, the whole country music genre has been fighting a civil war lately over the rise of “bro country” in popular Nashville-produced music. Coined by New York Magazine‘s Jody Rosen, the term “bro country” refers to “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude… If [Florida Georgia Line's smash] ‘Cruise’ were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, ‘Have you heard this awesome song?’ Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise.'”

“Cruise” may have crystallized the “bro country” phenomenon — but Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” has become its unofficial representative thanks to Zac Brown, who last month called the No. 1 single the “worst song I’ve ever heard,” and added, “If I hear one more tailgate-in-the-moonlight, daisy dukes song, I’m gonna throw up.” Brown’s not the only star unhappy with the state of modern country music, either — this year, Alan Jackson, Gary Allan, Kacey Musgraves, and Naomi Judd have all spoken out about it as well. (Read more on that here.)

But surely, “bro country” can’t be that widespread. Not every artist is singing about trucks and beers…right?

Actually, it might be worse than you thought. READ FULL STORY

What are the best encore cover songs you've seen in concert?

Last week, I finally got to see country artist Billy Currington headline a show (as opposed to the first two times I saw him, opening for Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney).

And I’m still thinking about his perfectly-constructed five-song encore: It began with a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which, of course, Currington, the singer of the R&B-flavored ballads “Let Me Down Easy” and “Don’t,” would love.

The audience ate it up, particularly the young man behind me who stood and did rhythmic pelvic thrusts for the duration of it. (I can’t find a YouTube clip, but I’ve embedded Currington covering Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” below. Judging from his smile, I suspect he’s seeing similar moves.)

Then came a cover of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition,” which predictably killed with a few thousand rowdy country fans in Johnstown, PA who’d been drinking for a couple of hours.

After his own “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” (and more pelvic thrusts) came Steve Wonder’s “Superstition,” which got everyone grooving. That’s the kind of song that makes you notice the folks dancing around you; you make friends as you laugh at/join them. By the time Currington ended with his own “Good Directions,” a tipsy twentysomething had thrown his arm around my 64-year-old mother and was swaying her back and forth for the singalong.

What’s the best encore cover song you’ve seen in concert? My colleague Jeff Labrecque will get the nominations started: Josh Ritter doing Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” tops his list.

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