If you tune into my Instagram Stories regularly you will know that I’m a big fan of country music. However, it’s a passion I discovered completely by accident – and only in recent years. Today I want to share how I fell in love with the genre, and provide a little introduction to country music playlist for new fans…
I grew up in a very musical household (my dad is a musician, my mum danced professionally in her 20’s, my brother plays bass and I used to sing); but country was pretty much the only genre of music I wasn’t exposed to as a child. I used to love singing along to Jolene by Dolly Parton, and had a bit of Johnny Cash on my iPod as a teenager, but that was pretty much where my knowledge of country music began and ended.
Then, when I was about 23 or 24 I started to explore country music properly. A few things initially sparked my interest: Taylor Swift’s Red album, the ease of discovering new artists on Spotify, the TV show Nashville and my weakness for men with a Southern accent.
“My heartbeat’s rhythm is a lonesome sound
Just like the rubber turning on the ground
Always lost and nowhere bound”
Traveler – Chris Stapleton
Singing is my ultimate happiness booster – despite the fact I stopped seeing a vocal coach in my late teens and no longer treat it as a serious hobby. And country music completely captured my heart because it’s such a joy to sing along to!
However, I initially found it quite hard to move beyond the biggest names in country and discover a broader spectrum of artists. There is a big community of country music fans in the UK, but it’s still quite a niche interest, so it took me a while to do my research. And, honestly, it’s still an education.
Recently, a small number of my Instagram followers have reached out through comments and DM to say they’d love to hear some of my country music recommendations. So if you’re fairly new (or completely new) to country music, I’ve put together a little introductory playlist featuring contemporary country artists…
Your Introduction to Country Music Playlist:
If you’ve been curious about country music, but didn’t know where to begin, hopefully this playlist will provide a nice starting off point for you. Let me know your favourites…
Are you also a big country music fan? Which artists would you recommend to anyone who is new to the genre? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…
Photo Credit: Reese Witherspoon pictured in Nashville. Check out the Draper James guide to the city.