>I don't listen to country but like Townes Van Zandt
Everyone gets their opinion from somewhere, fucking fool.
Also, the "I don't listen to country music" phrase is almost exclusively made in reference to contempory country music. Which no one likes, because it's objectively terrible.
I've tried more than once to turn people I know onto country music (be it old-time music, western swing, honky tonk, progressive country, etc) and most of them discard all of it.
He's great but has become a tool for hipsters to fill their eclectic taste quota since the hivemind has deemed it cool to like him
This is a good reply, it just seems everyone I've talked to still disregard all other country even after pretending to like TVZ (like >>61840380 said)
Most country's sad in one way or another. This list helped me branch into that specific style though.
Only in the sense than say Bob Dylan is more than just another folk music or Miles Davis is more than just another jazz musician. Yes, he is in a way, but he's not really different enough from the rest to make a big deal out of it. The only reason he's special, really, is because of the quality of his output.
>says they like country
>they don't like bluegrass
Of course its silly that so many people dismiss an entire genre like country, but Townes has always been more rooted in folk than country to begin with so he's not really that great of an example.
I'd take exception to that, honestly. It's more accurate to say that there is (or was) a blurred line between what's considered folk and country.
Or to put it another way, there's more documented incidents of Woody Guthrie calling himself a country and/or western singer than Hank Williams calling himself one,
>It's more accurate to say that there is (or was) a blurred line between what's considered folk and country.
I'd agree that there was, and there obviously is a traceable lineage, but by the time Townes started making music they had already diverged by a good bit and his work seemed to still lie more on the folk side IMO.