Quick Quips: Sounds From the Country

There are some country albums that I have had in heavy rotation lately that I just haven’t had time to review…these are those albums:

Alan Jackson – Freight Train

There was a short period of time when I got into country music.  It was the early 90s and Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Clint Black were my cowboys of choice.  This was new country, but it was still in the same vein of the old school.  It wasn’t too long after (and you could even blame these guys, especially Garth) that country went pop.  But out of all those artists putting out material back then, Alan Jackson is the one that’s still going strong.   Freight Train doesn’t quite stand up to 2006’s Like Red On A Rose, but it’s still miles above what most in the genre are putting out today.

Gary Allan – Get Off On The Pain

The only reason I know Gary Allan is because Jamey Johnson opened up for him last year.  Jamey is the best newcomer to country out there.  He is amazing!  Real old time country.  So we went to see Jamey and we stuck around for Gary.  He was good, so I downloaded this new album when it came out.  And it’s good as well.  Gary has the potential to be too poppy or even Nickelback(y), but I just like this album.  It’s fun.

Willie Nelson – Country Music

T Bone Burnett produces Willie Nelson doing real country music.  ‘Nuff said.