There is really nothing like driving down a dirt road on a warm and sunny afternoon with the windows down and a country tune blasting through the speakers. There is something about country music that is just so relaxing and comforting.
Rap music is great for pregames, parties, and night clubs, but when you really want to sing along to a song and hear music that actually means something, country is the way to go. Although the country genre has started to move a little more to the pop side of things. The lyrics still speak true to creating a feeling of trust.
Country music lyrics differ from the lyrics of other genres in many ways. One being that country music lyrics seem to tell a story, and be specific in its details. Every country song has a start middle and end, usually involving love, heartbreak, or drinking, which is the same trend of other genres, but the country seems to tell the stories in a pleasing and relatable way rather than throwing curse words around a storyline.
Country music has a bad reputation for being depressing. We all know the classic joke, what do you get when you play a country song backward? You get back your dog, your wife, and your truck, basically referring that country songs are all about loss. That is not entirely true, although many are about losing it's not the loss the artist wants you to get out of the song, they want you to understand and relate to the struggle or adventure that resulted from the loss. That is the golden part about country music, it's not just for the artist, as an expression of his or her emotions, its to reach out to the listeners and show that other people deal with obstacles and ups and downs in life, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Country music is so versatile, great for beach days, barbecues, festivals, tailgates, you name it. There are so many events where country music makes everything better. It makes great background music for any event where socializing is preferred. It is music that older generations do not refer to as "noise" as they seem to do with pop and rap genres. It has been around for so many years and has changed over those years, from more of a bluegrass feel to a more pop feel. However different artist put different twangs on their music so there is a beat for everyone.
Overall it's true that country music is not for everyone, and I'm not saying everyone has to listen to it, but next time you are feeling down, or need a feel-good tune to play, why not turn the radio to the local country station and see how you like it. You may be surprised at the mood boost it gives you.