@geof3....*raises hand* I do! I do! *LOL*
I do it a lot these daze.....avoiding buying high powered weapons and being more of a....
...than I currently am. ;)
So much of late would seem a parody if it wasn't too close to be real....
@guitarsam and anyone else looking for real songs sung by real singers and played by real musicians, you're looking in the wrong place. There is a whole scene happening on an underground/cult level, called Americana. The label New West Records has an artist roster equal to that of Warner Brothers/Reprise in the late-60's and 70's. Yep Rock is another great label, and there are others.
Check out the No Depression website for coverage of the genre. There are a number of YouTube videos recorded at the annual Americana Music Association Awards Show. On them you can see and hear artists such as Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Iris Dement, John Prine, Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Rhiannon Giddens, Larry Campbell, many others.
What are some of you guys talking about? “Very few musicians left”?!? Seriously? You’ve got to get out more often.
Funny, while I agree about the intrusion of a “pop” sensibility into a lot of current “country” music (my wife is a fan of some of it.....I’m working on it 😊) let’s put it into some sort of perspective. Compared to most “pop” music getting airplay, much of current country music, even “pop country music” contains infinitely more real musicianship. We often hear good guitar and fiddle playing; not to mention fairly well crafted songs and often decent vocal chops compared to the typical “pop” dreck that I hear getting air play. Comparison to most Pop music may be setting a low bar, but still...
For country music (Americana) a cut above check out bdp24’s list. There and beyond is where the good stuff is happening.
Music today, in general, is crap. Too much programmed electronics, effects, compression. Nothing like real humans playing real instruments. Clever songwriting with great lyrics and chord changes is a thing of the past as well. Songs are being written primarily for shock value (refer to "WAP") and have one or two chords. Sad.
Just because what you consider "real music" is not being served to you on a silver platter, does not mean it's not being made, it just means you might not be looking hard enough. Not just Americana, but there is amazing new music across most genres. Conversely, the formulaic business-oriented music you loathe has definitely always been there too.
Back in the late 1960's, "underground" radio broadcasting appeared on the FM dial, offering music lovers an alternative to Top 40 AM radio. College radio is now a source of good radio programming; in Portland Oregon there are good Classical and Jazz stations.
YouTube is another source of information about quality new music being recorded and released. You can't expect to find it on TV or mainstream radio, any more than we could on AM radio in 1968.
I have no idea what most people are judging the " no musician or good music" by.
I hardly have enough free time in a day to even start to work through all the great new music that is available.
Try a streaming service like Spotify or Qobuz.
You might just be shocked at how much great music by great musicians is still being produced.
On this score I totally agree that you are NOT going to find great new music by talented musicians on any mainstream radio station, period.
As has been mentioned for better venues.
College stations, streaming services, both Spotify and Qobuz have whole sections just dedicated to new and up and coming artists.
Too much great stuff and not enough time to listen!
It's a popular myth that "all" vinyl is being cut from digital masters. I say myth because it's simply not true. Anyone who has been in a professional recording studio lately knows that. I recently recorded in the same studio in Portland Oregon in which Bill Frisell has recorded most of his recent albums. It's done on a 2" multi-track, then mixed onto a 1/2" 2-track, all in analogue. The 2-track analogue mix tapes are sent for LP mastering, not digital copies.
New West Records attaches a sticker to the front of their LP's that proudly proclaims: "Audio mastered For Vinyl". Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris' band leader, producer, solo artist) records his New West albums (and those he produces for other artists) on the 2" analogue multi-track he has in his Nashville living room studio, then mixes onto an analogue 2-track. His albums sound amazing! Great music, too.
Sure, they are in the minority, but so what? "Good" music itself is in the minority; whatta ya gonna do, stop listening to all music 'cause some of it's not good? All the great reissues being done by audiophile labels (MoFi, Analogue Productions, etc.) are done from analogue masters. I sure wish those repeating the falsehood they have heard would educated themselves. Generalizations are rarely true or accurate.