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The Great 50 Song Project
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Last week, when talking with a friend about a mutually beneficial project, something he did prompted me to tell him: "Send me a list of your favourite 50 songs.  List them fast, don't think about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greywolf Jan 31, 2012.

Name five albums that you can sing all the lyrics to
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My big fault as a listener is that I never hear the words, or it takes a long time to learn them.I realized yesterday that there are a few that I've listened to so often that I know every single…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna's Americana Jan 4, 2012.

Alt-country vs. mainstream country
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I'm trying to figure out what makes Americana/alt-country/roots music different from mainstream country.  Any opinions?  Do they sound different?  How?

Started this discussion. Last reply by W E B May 17.

Who has the best country voice of all time?
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Do we go back to the 'beginning' and say Jimmie Rodgers?Is it Patsy Montana, with her yodel?  How about Hank's?The soulful angst of Gram Parsons or the friendly crooning of Gene Autry? The grit of…Continue

Tags: voice, country

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Woodworth Nov 3, 2012.

 

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Jim Hunter commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Great post Kevin!   I actually got one of them before I looked at the list...Nilsson's "Coconut", a song I did find engaging for it's simplicity...Jon has noted above that it is all about opinion, "well done…"
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Kevin Breeden commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
" Here's    an interesting article that came up when I Googled "Popular one-chord songs".  Obviously, simplicity and repetitiveness can be very effective.  (The wiki article linked in the article is also…"
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Jon Weisberger commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Gillian: " might I nuance the arugment a bit to say that repetition and symmetry is fine; it's the way in which it is employed that can be boring or exciting. A good example is that pistol song by Corb Lund: same melody over and over, and…"
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Jim Hunter commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Good discussion...indeed I know a few of the folks who have been invoked here, and they write great songs to scant applause (including Kurt, apparently...Inside That Box...lovely...).   In addition, there are young artists in Nashville who…"
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Jack Wallingford commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"This isn't a musical genre, it is a miasma of sick songwriting. this critic is right on the mark. You can take all these cornball country ? musicians and throw them away with all the Britney Spears and Beyonces and the music world would be a…"
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Kevin Breeden commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Yeah, Rod is extraordinarily talented and one of the nicest guys one could ever meet.   We had him play a house concert here in Virginia a couple of years ago.  He was playing with Amanda Shires then.   Pure magic!"
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Kurt Fortmeyer commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Kevin...I don't know how I left out Rod. He used to play at a coffeehouse that my wife and I owned in North Carolina."
Tuesday
Gillian Turnbull commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Hey everyone, thanks for your comments, very entertaining to read. A few thoughts here before I dash out the door: might I nuance the arugment a bit to say that repetition and symmetry is fine; it's the way in which it is employed that can be…"
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Kevin Breeden commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
""David Olney, Tommy Womack, and Todd Snider" Excellent examples.   I would add Rod Picott to that list.   He's a Nashville guy (by way of Maine) who has released half a dozen of the best albums I own - out of the…"
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Kurt Fortmeyer commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
" I would like to point out that it is not necessarily the writers in Nashville who are responsible for all of the pap you hear on the radio. There are people signed to publishing companies who are owned by the record companies who own the radio…"
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Jon Weisberger commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Gillian wrote: "my point here is that this kind of even, regular phrasing and repetition is what makes new country boring, whereas when one takes a little bit of a chance in melodic delivery and composition, one jerks a song out of the realm of…"
Tuesday
Kevin Breeden commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Good post, Jim.   I know I mentioned Buffett first, but I actually believe that "Get Drunk" is one of his songs that worked then and continues to work now for a couple of reasons.   First, it's tongue in cheek and…"
Tuesday
Jim Hunter commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Ahhh...so it is the writer's skill in the use of repetition and symmetry that accounts for the sound of today's burgers er' new country songs...for the most part, the people writing songs in 'new" country aren't very…"
Tuesday
Jon Weisberger commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"Applying "rules" that someone remembers from a long-ago study of "classical" (which?) and "jazz" (which) music to country songwriting seems like a textbook case of using inappropriate measures.  Consider…"
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Jim Hunter commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"that should be "and sound the same to me"!"
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Jim Hunter commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'New Country is Boring Me'
"I laughed out loud Hal...those burgers all look an sound the same to me!!!"
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New Country is Boring Me

My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. In jazz improv, never sit on the fourth scale degree. In orchestration, don’t cross your voices. In composition, never repeat a melody more than three times in a row, and don’t let a modulating sequence go more than three repetitions. I believe this is based…

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 30 Comments

Jake Ian - It Don’t Really Matter Anymore (Album Review)

Dare I say there’s an Alberta sound? I’ve spent much of my adult life writing about the effect Alberta’s geography has on its local music, more often in the unnecessarily circuitous language of academic jargon (see how I’ve already made this sentence more complicated than it needs to be? See that?) than in a regular ol’chatty style. But, for all I might be trying to convince my readers this is the case, I finally believe it myself with Jake Ian’s new album, It Don’t Really…

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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:00am

Calgary Stampede Music Preview

The Calgary Stampede is just around the corner and, whether you’re a local or a tourist, you won’t be able to get through the season without the usual onslaught of beer, pancakes, and country music. If you’re participating, though, allow me to give you my personal guide to the good music. Places like Ranchman’s and Cowboys, otherwise known as purveyors of bad music masquerading as new country, should be avoided at all costs. If you find yourself unfortunately in those…

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Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

How to Get Your Record Reviewed

In an era that has wholeheartedly adopted the phrase, “Any press is good press”, artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and moms with the cutest baby photos evar recognize the importance of getting one’s name out there in the media landscape. But as everyone also knows, catching and keeping your audience’s attention is difficult, since nothing is operated faster than a scroll button.

While others have written how-tos on this particular topic--and…

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Posted on May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

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At 5:40pm on February 4, 2012, Jason Paul Johnston said…

Nice!  Well....welcome again!  It's not much to run really, and all the people here are so nice with great taste in music :)

At 7:40am on February 4, 2012, Will James said…

Welcome to Gram Parsons InterNational ND Group, Gillian. Hope to see you at GIN V Toronto this year. Enjoy!

At 5:06pm on January 30, 2012, Jason Paul Johnston said…

Hey Gillian - you should join our little Canadian group here on ND:

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Nice posts!  I look forward to listening to that new Kathleen Edwards...

At 4:16am on April 27, 2011, Steve Hatch said…

Hello Gillian

 

      As a featured contributor to No Depression, I’m particularly keen on getting your feedback for the following – Please forgive the intrusion if you don’t have the time or inclination to reply.

 

      I’ve posted the following to the No Depression discussion board – you can either respond there or alternatively drop me a line at shatchsurvey1@yahoo.co.uk

 

Thanks very much for your time

Kind regards,

Steve

 

 

 

My name is Steve Hatch and I’m currently conducting research for my Master’s in Songwriting at Bath Spa University in Bath, England (though I happen to be an ex-pat Georgia boy).  I would be extremely grateful if you could find the time to listen to the track (link below) and answer the 2 accompanying questions.  The more detail, the better of course (more to say in my final analysis) – but all feedback will be useful and very much appreciated.

 

Sadly, as this is an academic pursuit, there is a deadline.  Please reply by May 20th if at all possible so that I can have time to chew over your response and include it in my final write-up.

 

            The track: http://soundcloud.com/stevehatch

 

1)     Which artist/band(s) would you say the track is most similar to and why?

 

2)     Which genre(s) would you say the track belongs to and why?

At 9:59am on April 21, 2010, No Depression said…
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