I would guess it is a regional issue. The North Esat where I am doesn't play very much if any at our audio group's get togethers.
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I love what is currently passing as "country music". Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton etc...They write about things in my life I relate to on a very emotional level. I also love Steely Dan and Michael Franks, but I swear the lyrics might as well be in latin.
I wish more country music albums were on vinyl as well, I suppose the powers that be don't think it would be profitable.
The vinyl resurgence is due to YOUNG folks getting into vinyl. I think the young 'Country' types just would rather spend their money on extra beer and bullets.. rather than on vinyl.
That is my experience with them anyway...
The records being pressed are new Rock, Old Rock, and old jazz...
Not Opera, not Classical, and not Country.
The market is just not big enough to bother.
Country folks are always a bit 'behind the times' anyway, so give it five more years, and if the vinyl resurgence is still happening, you might see a few new country vinyl issues.
(and I agree Country HAS become pop with a cowboy hat..)
Perhaps you were including my post when you referred to "some rude responses here...". Actually my post did not include one word of my own. They were written by the man whom many consider the preeminent songwriter of our generation. "Visions of Johanna" by Bob Dylan. Anyway, it was in fun.
Don,t know if your'e a fan of Robert Earl Keen, but I picked up a couple of his newer recordings used a while back which I enjoyed. Not his best, but I find myself listening to them often.
You need to be a fan though. REK's voice is not for everyone. Great lyrics and always has a tight band. Terrific live shows