Please bring better country music.
Mainstream country radio has been...lacking for a while. I've blogged about this before, so it's no secret that I'm craving something a little deeper.
Sure, 2015 seemed like it was beginning to steer into the right direction. Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe put out phenomenal albums, and Chris Stapleton stopped some non-believers in their tracks.
But I want more Chris Stapleton, and less bro country. Sure, it's cool that Kacey, Ashley, Carrie and Miranda are hitting it out of the park. But there's got to be more room for female powerhouses in country music.
Maybe the Dixie Chicks can do that?
What I want most out of country music in 2016 is more...authenticity. I want more stories, I want more heartache. Those feelings may exist somewhere, deep in Nashville, off the mainstream, but why can't it be on the radio too?
And like I said, there are some people who are sneaking it in on the radio, here and there. Thomas Rhett's song "Die a Happy Man," surprised me in a good way, for instance. George Strait recently put out a new album, and he's still able to do good, classic country. I'll always love Dierks Bentley.
But I'm ready for something different. Something real. 2016, can you do that?
In the meantime, I've made a playlist with some inspiration. Here's what I like on today's country music radio. What do you think?