If you are listening to this kind of music and are okay with it, this post is not for you. 

Actually, yes it is.

It may not feel that way, but you need to hear it. This guy, and the likes of him, are the musical equivalent of a mullet. If you listen to shit like this, then in my mind, you have a mullet. A hideous mullet. One you are probably proud of. Hell, maybe you even have a special wooden brush you carry in your back pocket to get that fat wave in the sides of it. Maybe you even named your mullet? Who knows? As a friend, it’s my civic duty to tell you to lose that mullet. It’s a bad look. You know who likes mullets? Other people with mullets. Same applies here y’all.

Anyway, substance. Mr. Bryan and his commercial cohorts lack substance. Maybe they donate their time and contribute to local organizations. In which case, I applaud them. Musically? No way. You can’t convince me otherwise. They have nothing of substance to their music. They are as deep as a skeeter’s peter in a whale’s vagina. These people are polluting our airwaves and are being force fed to you by a suit. A suit who only cares about selling cheese to a misinformed people. Misinformed? Yeah, a bit. How many of you are aware that there is real music with substance? With soul, hurt, anger, joy, storytelling power out there? I’d venture to say not many, if this guy, and the likes, are your “go-to” musicians.

To anyone who knows better, this does not apply to you. Also, I love you all for being able to seek out quality and not settle. 

When people are getting rich singing about cheese-dick-bubblegum-shit with no substance, enough already. You deserve better. Your mind deserves better. Your soul deserves better. Real musicians deserve better. This is not country music. This is pop music with a fiddle and steel guitar, maybe a banjo and mandolin. And it is barely music. It’s about as country, as Lil’ Wayne is to real hip-hop. Not at all. Lyricists with no lyrics. All fluff, no nut, plain and simple. 

Make 2014 the year this shit stops. Give yourself something better. Seek out places to get real music. Stop buying this shit because you think it’s the only thing there is. It isn’t. I promise you that. There are musicians who have voices that deserve to be heard out there. Musicians who write their own music. Who share real things that in turn make you feel real shit inside of you. If this hurts your feelings, it’s what I believe and I’m not sorry for saying it. It needs to be said. More people need to say it. Seek out good music. Don’t dig my blog? I’ll recommend some other great people who have blogs. But FYACB, they don’t play good music on my local station! Guess what? They don’t on mine either! There are great podcasts and internet radio streams out there. Send me a message, I’ll respond back and point you to them.

Let’s have meaning and not be hollow. And for the love of whatever you love, not another fucking truck song. Please.

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Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys is a community dedicated to people of ALL genders who make music in the singer-songwriter, independent country, outlaw country, alt-country, folk, folk-punk, roots, and/or Americana styles. 

Because I have so much going on with DBN, work, freelance work, and full-time school, I just don’t have time to do FYACB justice. Please let me know if you want it. I’d hate to see it die, and while fan sites are time-consuming, they are lots of fun and very rewarding. <3

Sometimes I get so mad I literally just want to throw up. That happened today. Mostly I think the anger came from my boss not standing up for me, and maybe a little from my ego taking a hit. The more I think about it, the more pissed off I get. I am very passionate about what I do, and more than anything I just want to be GOOD. I always want to challenge myself to be better. I think the fact that I get mad is good. It means I care and I am still passionate. But, on the other hand, this job is draining me dry. I don’t have the time or energy to do anything solely for me anymore. Some weeks just getting my laundry done takes a Herculean effort. I had to give up blogging and FYACB, and I can’t even contribute to DBN on a regular basis. It pisses me off. I used to write every GODAMN night. No matter what. But now there are no words left. There’s nothing to say except I feel empty.

That person was told to email me, Michelle Evans, at dearfrankturner@gmail.com. I’m not sure I ever received an email. I’ve looked for it in my account but can’t find it.

Anyway, there may be an opportunity to help run this blog as well as my new music blog, Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys.

Please don’t message me here, though. Email me instead. Thanks!  :)

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Jason Isbell’s Austin City Limits performance will premiere this weekend 1/11/14. Here is “Cover Me Up” from that show. One of the best we have making music nowadays.

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Jason Isbell - Alabama Pines

"Well I moved into this room, if you could call it that, a week ago. I never do what I’m supposed to do. I hardly even know my name anymore. When no one calls it out it kind of vanishes away."

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I’m going old school today. Charley Pride - “Is Anybody Going To San Antone?”

"Wind whipping down the neck of shirt like I ain’t got nothing on. But I’d rather fight the wind and the rain, than what I’ve been fighting at home."

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I post a lot of Lucero related stuff. They are unequivocally my favorite band. Ever. I hit rough spots, their music gets me through it. That said, Ben Nichols - Hello Sadness.

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Lucero - It Gets The Worst At Night

Divorce. Fuck it in it’s ass. All the feelings and shit that comes with it too. I’ll live, I know that. But goddamn the days ahead are dark feeling.

Thankfully, these dudes have gotten me through some other dark times. They will get me through this too. 

Here’s to 14 years.

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RIP Waylon Jennings, many have tried, but none have done it like you did.

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My good friend Michelle Evans, from Dear Ben Nichols, sent me the link for “The Revival Tour" documentary. I’m blown away, which is a hard thing to do to me nowadays. It embodies the love of the craft that these people possess. It offers a true showing of the camaraderie and admiration these amazing singer/songwriters have for one another. It is a beautiful thing. Chuck Ragan is a master singer/songwriter, the creation of the Revival Tour by him shows the passion that extends beyond that. I believe the old adage, “as iron sharpens iron”, is a perfect manifestation here. I feel that in order to continue to grow in anything you have to surround yourself with what you’d like to see come to fruition. This is a great documentary. I’ve killed the clock at work watching it. I couldn’t turn it off. I will probably watch it again, several times actually. I hope that as fans of music you guys take the time to watch it as well.

Featured artists on the documentary are Chuck RaganCory BrananJay MalinowskiEmily Barker,Rocky VotolatoJoe GinsbergJon Gaunt, and The End Three.

The Revival Tour is a constantly changing cast. Stay up to date here.

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Tim Barry - “Shed Song” from 40 Miler  

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Pretty stoked for this Saturday. I get to go see Amanda Shires in Lubbock, Texas this Saturday. I am beyond stoked. Want to know why? Watch this video. The thing that fascinates me about singer/songwriters is their ability to express and convey the thought and feelings of their words. That is talent. Those are things which are real. To be able to open yourself up like that everytime you play that song is a gift. Talent y’all, pure talent.

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The Avett Brothers - “I Would Be Sad

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Two Cow Garage - “The Little Prince & Johnny Toxic”, because I’m stuck at work all weekend. So I need just a little bit of get up & go music.

Austin, Texas musician, Jeff Whitehead will be releasing his album “Bloodhound Heart” on March 4th. I’ve been playing it recently and have really dug it. 

The band is tight. The pedal steel, lap steel and slide work really shines through. Jeff Whitehead has been busy touring and sharing the stage with some real talent too lately. Artists like, Jake Kellen, Walt Wilkins, Cory Morrow, Chris King and others. Scott Davis (Hayes Carll’s longtime guitarist) produced this.

My hands down absolute favorite song is “Pardon Me”. It’s a song that speaks to me and current life situations. Songs that are relatable hold weight with me. This one certainly does.

"Something Never Known" has an old familiar feel to it. It’s a haunting song with some great organ playing. Really solid song.

I’ve really enjoyed listening to this album. Jeff’s voice reminds me a bit of Ray LaMontagne. It has a nice rasp to it. It’s a bit different from the usual music we cover. It is a heartfelt, thought out album. This album has some Southern soul to it. I really dig it and recommend it to y’all.

Go give Jeff Whitehead a like over at Facebook.