When listening to today’s country radio, one hears a format made up of classic country mixed with today’s Top 40 new country. While new country is pushing the rock genre envelope, there is a growing cast of characters in the country scene that is taking country rock to a whole new level.
These sub-genres of country music that are starting to impact the landscape are known as alt country and hick hop. While these sub-genres lack mainstream radio play, they are getting as many youtube views as the leading Top 40 country artists.
Here at the american country music chart we like to keep our finger on country music and the emerging sub-genres in the United States and abroad. We were first alerted to these country sub-genres growing popularity, while speaking with Mike Spangler a promoter of the LimeRock Music Festival. Mike stated he was putting together the first alt country and hick hop music festival of its kind in North Central Florida’s town of Ocala, FL featuring over 30 artist over 2 days starting Dec 6th.
In addition, shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge has been heard sampling alt country and hick hop songs on his nationally syndicated radio program. And, Bubba the Love Sponge has been interviewing some of the artist from time to time, such as Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx showing his support for this new brand of country music. And, Bubba owns Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL, which will be hosting the upcoming LimeRock festival.
We caught up with Shane Wooten, which stated “I think its awesome to be a part of this as a musician. Growing up on Charlie Daniels right along side Ice Tea and Gun’s N Roses, I can see how we have gotten to where we are today. And, being part of the first chart for this sub-genre with the Bellamy Brothers is truly an awesome experience” – Shane Wooten
Most of the ACMC weekly alt country hick hop top 10 artists are boosting youtube videos with millions of views after only weeks of being released. While main stream country artists work hard to try and touch those numbers even with the help of mainstream radio. We think that alt country and hick hop is hear to stay so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
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