May. 17th, 2007

mellicious: pink manicure (Xmas - purple star)
I was thinking this morning that somebody needs to start a country station that plays the Dixie Chicks. I don't really mean a regular country station at all, when it comes right down to it - the country music I like is mostly that alt-country stuff like, I dunno, 16 Horsepower and Eastmountainsouth and stuff like that, and maybe some of those bands that sound more like 70s rock than country, like Little Big Town.* (And of course you'd have to play Johnny Cash.) But I figure all you really need to say to set yourself apart from the average country music station is that you play the Dixie Chicks. All of those flag-waving, jingoistic "average" country fans would leave right then, right? Wonder if that'd be commercially viable. There's probably somebody somewhere doing something like that, but not around here. There are two or three big country music stations in Houston - I don't really even know how many, because I don't really listen to them - which are completely indistinguishable from one another, in my limited experience. (I know that their advertising tries to distinguish by which one has the fewest commercials, so they may not think there's much of a difference either.)

Just a thought.


*I just discovered Little Big Town recently. I haven't really made up my mind about them yet, but a couple of their songs sound an awful lot like Fleetwood Mac. Some of those 70s groups really were practically country - think The Eagles, or Dan Fogelberg - but it never would have occurred to me to put Fleetwood Mac in that category.

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