Ehh the word thanks can be used loosely if you wish. I mean it’s not rocket science that the sound of country has changed drastically. But that’s kinda how it works, right? I mean it is evolution. However, Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt have a lil something different to their sound. A little something more soulful. More R&B.
Billboard recently dissected their music. Saying that country music isn’t typically known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” and Sam Hunt’s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely new.
They also claimed that the infusion of the two genre’s actually give it its own sound as it doesn’t sound like either A) country or b) R&B. Okay…now that’s something we can agree on.
One of my personal favorites from the article was when they said THIS about “Burnin’ It Down”:
What’s remarkable about “Burnin’ It Down” is that it could be an R&B hit with minor changes. There’s a funky bass line, nimbly riffing high in the mix. The beat is largely programmed, with a big, steady slap out front and a quick chattering that flits through the back, nodding toward the trap percussion that rules much contemporary R&B. While pedal steel slides in during the hook, reasserting the song’s identity as country, this is a smooth, streamlined loop — someone like Trey Songz could sing on it without thinking twice.
That shouldn’t come as a complete surprise considering Jason himself described “Burnin’ It Down” as “R&B, baby-making music.”.
And let’s not forget Sam Hunt’s music. Hunt co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s smash hit “Come Over” at a time when he was obsessed with Nelly.
Many are calling him country music’s Drake.
(Side note: if you have to research Trey Songz, Nelly and/or Drake….you weren’t alone)
I just can’t wrap my head around all these rock/rap sounds in country music, but I do know that it’s healthy to push the musical barrier and that at the end of the day it will come full circle.
Until next time…this lid is closed-CMChatter Box