Old vs. New Country 

By Jacqui McLean 

Asking someone if they like country music can be very misleading seeing as there is a huge difference between what is called “old country” and “new country.” These two may as well be considered two different genres entirely. The following highlights some of the main differences between the two as well as the type of music each adheres to. 

Old Country: 

Old country is known for its southern rhythm and predictable topics. Critics of country music often point to the stereotypical old country themes of love, heartbreak, drinking, trucks, and the south. While ranging from both upbeat to sad songs, old country music all has a similar twang. Some of the most popular old country music artists are George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, and Tim McGraw.  (Playlist in The Shield Spotify) 

New Country: 

New country music on the other hand is nothing like old country. New country music, while similar in theme, strat from the norm a little bit and has a greater variety of topics. As well, new country music is often known for being similar to pop music, taking on less of a traditional southern tune. Some of the most popular new country artists are Thomas Rhett, Kacey Musgraves, Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan. As well, here is a playlist of new country music: 

(Playlist in The Shield Spotify)