Live365 and the Advent of Country Music

Posted by Greg on Jul 14, 2010 in Music, Op-Ed, Websites |

I’ll just come right out and say it. The past 16 days of my life have been inundated with country music. Most of this is by my choosing, but the other half may just be the inherent magnetism of the genre. On a lark, I decided to listen to iTunes radio at work. In truth I was tired of listening to the girls at work chatter and gossip and I needed a distraction. Having grown up around country music, and having attended college in North Carolina for six years, it’s always been a part of my life, but it’s never been a daily staple.

Because the New York metro area dislikes country music, I went immediately to the country pre-sets on iTunes and the first one that caught my eye was Constant Country KRS. Sure enough the station is based in New Jersey, just across the river from Manhattan in the urban enclave of Edgewater. The first four songs played were “Pound Sign,” by Kevin Fowler, “Pray for You,” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love, “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer,” by Billy Currington and “Trailerhood,” by Toby Keith. And then I was sold.

Upon Googling Constant Country KRS, I found out that it’s part of the Live365 family. I had heard of Live365 before but had never given it the time of day. And well, now that’s all changed. As each new day dawned, I found myself putting on Constant Country KRS as soon as I logged on. And just like that, the days quickly flew by. But, this appreciation for country has extended even farther. While I’ve always watched GAC and CMT with sporadic interest, they are now an everyday staple. Somehow, country music has overtaken my life. And somehow, someway I feel okay with this. I’m comfortable with this new direction and to be quite truthful, I’m not sure I’ve heard a bad song in the past 16 days. Is country music that good or am I just easy to please?

Lord knows what the verdict is on that, but I for one am thankful for Live365 and Constant Country KRS.

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