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I was driving around central Utah, and there’s pretty much nothing but C&W and crazy talk radio, so I tried a bit of both. First, country pretty much sounds like auto-tuned KISS pop to me (and KROQ plays a lot of music that sounds like what used to be on KISS).

Anyway, there’s not a lot of Faron Young DNA left there. Alt-country/punk (John Doe, X, the Blasters, fer crissakes), seem more country than anything I hear on a radio station.

More interesting to me is the party song on heavy rotation, Drink to That All Night, which has the lyric

That’s the kind of party that makes you throw up your hands up high

Compared to Lorde:

I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air.
So there