The 10 biggest douchebags in country music

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Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub-genre -- known as "bro-country" -- is lending it far too much credibility right now.

Booze, chicks, jacked-up pickups, extreme redneck sports, spring break -- artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and even Blake Shelton are leaning way too heavily on such themes in their music these days, and the entire trope can be summed up in one word: douchey. Yet bro-country isn't the only brand of 'baggery currently afflicting Nashville. No, douchebags are a diverse lot, and here are the 10 biggest 'bags currently cranking out (s)hits in Music City today:
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Toby Keith

10. Toby Keith
Drinking has long been fertile fodder for country songs. But for Keith, who's devoted entire concept albums to the topic, it's too often the only fodder. His lyrical over-reliance on the bottle is at least partially responsible for spawning bro-country, and Keith also bears a heavy burden for souring the Dixie Chicks on country radio (and vice versa), a setback from which Nashville's female insurgency is only now recovering.

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Charles Kelley

9. Charles Kelley
He seems like a sweet, goofy guy, but sounds like supremo-'bag Michael Bolton, and is in a trio with "Lady" in its name. There's no place for the sort of soft-rock sheen Kelley brings to twang's table; it's high time Hillary Scott ditched the dudes and made Lady Antebellum all about the Lady.

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Dan + Shay

8. Dan + Shay
This douchey duo is managed by Belieber-in-Chief Scooter Braun. That's the only argument we need.

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Chris Gaines/Garth Brooks
7. Garth Brooks
Brooks admirably took a decade off in his prime to focus on his family, but we still can't get the Chris Gaines debacle out of our head, nor can we entirely dismiss it as the reason for Brooks's "retirement" in the first place.


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llnystrom
llnystrom

ok somebody needs to take away this guy's keyboard so he can't post any more of this crap.

wenedwr
wenedwr

I love music of all kinds, and yes there is a lot of music that I personally don't like. But, that's my opinion, and that's all it is an opinion. Just because I don't like it doesn't mean it's not good, just means I don't like it. People have a right to their opinions, of course. But to day it sucks or these guys are douchebags when I'm sure you've never met them is a douchebag move in itself. Turn the station, don't listen to it. Some people, smdh.

thunderhorse
thunderhorse

How does one write such a garbage article and it is posted on a reputable (debatable) website?

Michael Mclane
Michael Mclane

I dont listen to Nashville country I like Texas & Red dirt country

GlennW
GlennW

Fire this damn idiot that wrote this article. I am a producer. I've worked with some big acts at shows, and more. To call people like this a douchebag? Kenny for example, amazing artists. Thanks all of his fans for where he is at, and is so over run with his joy for making people happy and listening to his music, he tears up. These are legends by my account. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgqfCtsDDB8

GlennW
GlennW

Fire this damn idiot that wrote this article. I am a producer. I've worked with some big acts at shows, and more. To call people like this a douchebag? Kenny for example, amazing artists. Thanks all of his fans for where he is at, and is so over run with his joy for making people happy and listening to his music, he tears up. My names Glenn Weidendorf. Mike Seely go find a new job. These are legends by my account. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgqfCtsDDB8

Nikki Leko
Nikki Leko

Colby Deters - I don't believe they all should be on this list (Garth Brooks is a classic) but they forgot Jake Owen!

Mandy Crowley
Mandy Crowley

Haters will only be just that! You don't need to be jealous they are fabulous and successful!

Jeremy Hageman
Jeremy Hageman

Nothing good on the radio. Esp not ur pop country

Nick Clemmer
Nick Clemmer

No, not the outlaw country. The pop cuntry sucks. Oh no, someone said something about garth Brooks, I think I'll complain about it, cause no one will listen to me. Hahahahahaha, Garth Brooks wouldn't fingerbang you if you were naked and on all fours in front of his dressing room, with a sign saying free pokes!! Not you Kelly, these butthurt inbreds.

Kelly Kroyer Evans
Kelly Kroyer Evans

I grew up on those guys and they are fuckin legends, regardless if you like country or not.

Kelly Kroyer Evans
Kelly Kroyer Evans

Real rednecks don't listen to this crap. Now if you had said shit about REAL country artists (Waylon, Cash, Jones, Strait, etc) we'd have problems lol.

Nick Clemmer
Nick Clemmer

Awww, butthurt rednecks getting all upset. Shouldn't you be having sex with some kind of farm animal?

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Dixie Chicks have some awesome songs! That is Natalie Maines right?

John Nosbusch
John Nosbusch

This list seems incomplete without Jason Aldean.

Caya Dahl
Caya Dahl

I believe we the consumers also have to shut off the radio & the tv and go out and FIND good music, SUPPORT it, GO out TO A SHOW even if it is 100 miles, PROMOTE it ourselves if we like an artist. Stop letting your kids listen to garbage. (And I mean this in ANY genera of music) There's a lot of good country still being played out there...its under the surface, its called UNDERGROUND music! (And the tickets to shows are 5-10 bucks!) And you could be right in the front row if you'd like!! :B

Darrick Johnson
Darrick Johnson

How funny that some people take this article so personally. It's free speech to make this music and free speech to critique it. Personally, Toby Keith would top my list of douchery.

Ruth Hill
Ruth Hill

I love country music so if you don't turn to something else.

Mike Masters
Mike Masters

Let's blog about something that will create madness...stir up the pot to get 15 minutes of fame! Your blog is nothing without this conduct. Face it your jealous! Write about something that's worthwhile and do it the hard way to get fame. Just like everybody did that you spoke about against. #douchebag

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Doesn't hipster automatically equal douchebag?

Sarah Ward Morrison
Sarah Ward Morrison

Weird...I don't remember anyone being required to listen to this music! I think it's called artistic freedom- or freedom of speech last time I checked. P.S. People are buying the crap out of these records!

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Jennifer Zoubek
Jennifer Zoubek

But yet Blink 182 is the"Best Band of all Time"???? You guys are high! (And yes. I loathe country. )

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Seriously people, if you think this is good music you need your head examined

Rebecca Howard
Rebecca Howard

I so agree with this article! I chucked about the term "bro country". Toby Keith is such a tool bag.. "Put a boot in your ass it's the Merican waaaay!!" Lame!!

Christopher Ray Hunnicutt
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt

I'm not really a fan of country music, but I'm even less a fan of your pithy, passive aggressive writers who spend more time focusing on what they don't like, than actively discovering what's happening right HERE. In this town. When you DO, it's the same ol' sh*t, about the same ol' artists, completely ignoring new artists in new genres, bringing something fresh & new, musically. New music DOES exist, and there is life beyond hipsters & Doomtree. (No offense to hipsters & Doomtree) Cheers to another article about what ya'll think is fashionable. (P.S. - Garth Brooks is a country music writing legend with countless infectious hits that still ring on the radio today, record winning Grammy awards for his records, and whose publicist & record label forced him into a new look & appeal to change his fan base reach. You'd know that if you read anything besides your own writing. The Rascal Flatts are excellent musicians who fell right into the region of pop country. Musicians throughout time, even with great or little talent, seem to have a problem removing foot from mouth, then speaking. Sound familiar? Taylor Swift isn't a country artist, by any means. Looks like Mr. Magoo has been doing your fact checking for you again.)

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

We need to stop calling this crap "Country music." It's Eagles/Journey/Night Ranger with a vocal twang.

JiggyJam
JiggyJam

You don't have to go 100 miles to find a great show. The Twin Cities have some of the BEST musicians !!! Just check out places like 331 Club, Cabooze and Whiskey Junction. Great bluegrass bands and old school country artists too.

JiggyJam
JiggyJam

But I still like his song "Weed with Willie"

ksh_69_2
ksh_69_2

NO, HE LIKES COUNTRY MUSIC, THATS THE POINT, MOST OF THE STUFF ANY MORE IS NOT COUNTRY 

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