Rap Music vs. Country Music, polar opposites

I’ve believed the following statement for more than a decade, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it. I’ll preface the idea with these two truths:

  1. I love music, all kinds.
  2. This is neither a slam for rap or country music, just an observation.

OK, are you ready? Well first, if you have time, and let’s face it, we ALL have time #coronavirus …check out a brand new rap video that’s already nearing a million views, followed by a country music video with over 1.5 million views…

So after watching these music videos, do you agree or disagree with this thought:

Country music is about who we (the listeners) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re just like us.

Rap music is about who they (the artists) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re not just like us.

To expand on that a little, I believe most of country music (of course, there are exceptions) is driven by lyrics that show the commonalities we have as humans. The singer is saying, I am just like you. It’s why the cliches of singing about a dying dog, divorce, or drinking beers even exists. You can have someone like Luke Bryan who has a net worth of $140,000,000 singing about relaxing or partying on a beach like those of us with a net worth of <$140,000,000 like to do. In reality, Luke’s lifestyle is a lot different than the common person, yet he wants us to think he’s just like us.

In rap music (and just like country music, there are exceptions to this), the lyrics are driven by fame and fortune, to put it simply. Just using the “You Know You Lit” video from earlier in this post, the line “Balenciaga, got like 10 pairs,” shows the difference in perspective. I had to look it up, Balenciaga shoes make the Air Jordan 11 Retro’s look like a bargain. Hundreds of dollars for one pair! There are many other rap songs that ultimate say, You want to be like me. Whatever the net worth of these artists are, they want you to believe they wipe their buts with hundred dollar bills. In other words, envy them because they have what we all want.

I’m guessing reality is bit less glamorous than these rap artists want us to believe, and perhaps for the country artist, more glamorous than we know. What are your thoughts about this? If you have insight or opinions, share in the comments below! Until then… Gucci, Gucci, Gucci!

-Out of the Wilderness

Did The Bachelor jump the shark?

Just a quick Twitter check and I immediately realized I wasn’t the only one ticked off about the path the producers of this show decided to take in last night’s episode featuring a date with Peter and Victoria F. The lengths they’ll go through for drama/ratings/making a woman cry are limitless.

So to quickly recap: Peter and the women were whisked off to Paris Thailand Cleveland… which, when announced that this was their destination, drew silence from the women as if it were a joke. No, no, ladies the joke is still yet to come. Why Cleveland? Well, country star Chase Rice is performing there and producers have a little dirt on ol’ Victoria F. She dated Chris and now the setup has begun.

Peter “randomly” picked Victoria F. for a one-on-one date that ended with them attending a concert. Who was performing? Chase Rice, of course! Awkwardness ensued when Victoria F. felt terrible that they had to attend the concert of an ex-boyfriend.

Water under the bridge is how it should’ve been handled by Peter and Victoria because Heaven forbid it that Victoria has dated someone before Peter. Heck, only 2 episodes ago Peter’s ex- was sitting in his lap. So let by-gone’s be by-gone’s, right? Victoria’s tears were so unnecessary.

The issue here is the producers evil orchestrating of these events. Reports also say that Chase Rice wasn’t too happy about what happened either. Do they really want true love to be found on this show? Or do they just want ratings? Let’s break down all the things that had to be orchestrated in this “reality” show episode.


Finding out Victoria F. dating Chase Rice…

Chase Rice performing in Ohio…

Chase performance coinciding with the filming window of this season of The Bach…

bring the entire cast to Cleveland as an “fun” destination…

ensure Peter asks Victoria F. for this one-on-one date…

don’t let either of them know what’s about to happen…


I know most of us already consider this show to only loosely be categorized as “reality TV” but this was way past the line. To make this Chase/Victoria drama a reality, look at everything that had to be pieced together. The chances of Peter asking Victoria F. for the one-on-one in this exact moment were so low, I have a strong feeling he was “encouraged” to pick her for this date. I mean, what if he had picked one of the other women? So much drama would’ve never happened.

That’s why I think the producers orchestrated everything to happen the way it did. To put Victoria through this stress, to embarrass Peter and Victoria (and Chase!) that way, it shows they don’t really care about anyone finding love… and it’s not like the show has a track record of success in that regard, anyway.

I won’t even get into the part about Alayah making a comeback after being eliminated last week. Rules? What rules? If you don’t get a rose, it doesn’t matter. Just come back and we’ll see what we can do for you, mmmmk?

Last night’s episode of The Bachelor might be the last I ever watch. In fact, I didn’t even watch the whole episode, I was too turned off by it all. Instead, I turned on the Amazon original movie, Troop Zero, and what a treat that was! I’ll have a review posted soon but if you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and watch it.

-Out of the Wilderness

CMA Awards: Bro-country vs. Bra-country

I can’t say whether the tides are changing in country music but if you use the recent CMA Awards as any sort of example of what country music is like today, you may notice who wasn’t there.

Remember back in the early to mid-2010s when “bro-country” became a thing? Artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and others all had hit songs that were somewhat generic and formulaic with lyrics about drinking or dancing girls or backroad parties. Obviously there was success in that subject matter, but there was also a lot of pushback from traditional country music fans and well-known country artists.

Fast forward to 2019, the 53rd annual CMA Awards airing on ABC and featured no, not bro-country, but a heavy dosage of bra-country. The women of country music! Get it? Bra… women… women wear bras? It’s just a little diversion from bro-country to remind us all that bra-country is great! The CMA Awards was hosted by the amazing trio of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood and if you didn’t get a chance to see the fantastic opening number, here it is.

I’m sure fans were happy to hear and see a lot of more traditional country being showcased, celebrating legendary women in country music, and not hearing the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean… none of whom were in attendance.

If you want to read a full recap of the show performances click here.

Concerning those CMAs, I was really only surprised by a couple things…

  1. Garth Brooks winning Entertainer of the Year. Grady Smith says it best here…

Actually, that’s it. I was surprise by one thing. Garth. Over Eric Church and Carrie Underwood. Come on! Like Grady is, I’m also a fan of Garth Brooks, but it definitely seemed like he just swooped in and took the award away from others who genuinely deserved it.

I also don’t like Kacey Musgraves, there, I said it. But she’s a big part of the bra-country movement and if the future of country music is how the CMAs looked this year… I’m back in! I love most of the women featured on the show, plus I love Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert (I almost dated her, you know), Dierks Bentley, and plenty of others.

Have a good weekend, y’all!

-Out of the Wilderness

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication” behind the video details

Jon Pardi recently added a music video to a song his fans already love, and it’s getting quite the positive feedback on YouTube. Lots of Dwight Yoakam vibes being felt, George Strait comparisons, comments about Jon saving country, “real country” and on and on. But what you might not know about the video itself is the identity of the woman Jon’s sweet on, and the bottles of whiskey he’s sweet on, too 🙂

 

Well, those diehard fans already know who she is, but I’ll tell ya anyway, it’s his girlfriend Summer Duncan.

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You’ll also see a well-framed close up shot of Louisville-based Michter’s Whiskey. I haven’t found any direct connection between the brand and Jon Pardi.

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What else is interesting about this video? Well, some comments on YouTube mention Jon’s height… so according to
this site, in the past Jon’s said he stands at 6′ 3.5″ tall. Must be nice up there.

He reportedly has a net worth of $8 million. Must be nice up there.

The video shoot location is Nashville, specifically The Nashville Palace and nearby.

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via The Nashville Palace Instagram

The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who’s directed a number of Jon’s videos, like “Heartache on the Dance Floor”, and Mr. Ruiz does photography, too.

You can find Summer on Instagram @summerfawn_duncan

Jon’s Instagram @jonpardipics

Carlos Ruiz’s website

The Nashville Palace @thenashvillepalace

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

The actress in Brett Young’s “Mercy” video


I’m pretty late to the game on this one because Brett’s video was released in March 2018. But! In case you didn’t know, the woman starring alongside Brett in “Mercy” is a seasoned actress named Tiffany Brouwer.

Tiffany Brouwer
Images via TiffanyBrouwer.com

You make recognize her from TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother,” or movies like The Help, but to list all the movies and TV shows she’s acted in would make up a long list. So instead, just check her on IMDB. You can also take a look at her reel here. If you feel like keeping up with her on social media, click the following links 🙂

Instagram @Tiffanybrouwer

Twitter @Tiffanybrouwer

website TiffanyBrouwer.com

-Out of the Wilderness

What’s behind Jake Owen’s “I Was Jack” music video

Well, as some of you know I love writing about music videos. The things you might miss the first time you watch, those are what I dive head first towards. So we come upon Jake Owen’s video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” which is loaded with so much info, I was practically salivating as I thought about where to start researching! That is, until I got to the end of the video. Sneaky director Justin Clough made it easy for all of us to know a lot about the video, such as locations, starring actors, etc. So definitely check out the entire video, to the very end.


It’s a great piece of work from Mr. Clough, and just to get right to it, the stars of the video are Jake Etheridge and Mackenzie Porter.

Jake Etheridge is an actor and singer/songwriter who grew up in South Carolina but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s part of a Holland-based country band called The Common Linnets. He’s also a heck of a cross country runner! Wait, hold on, OK never mind. That’s a totally different Jake Etheridge. You never know who might pop up on a Google search 🙂

Mackenzie Porter is a Canadian actress and singer. You may recognize her from The Netflix show The Travelers, but those who know her best… are cows… because she was raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Alberta! They remember when she was “just this tall” (cows raise their hoofs a few feet off the ground). Since then though, she’s become a classically trained violinist, a talented actress, and in 2003 because the younger sister of a Canadian Idol winner.

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Something else I noticed in the video is the plethora of flyers on the entrance of the diner.

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Bands listed are Nemesis, The Backseaters, Hallway Kids, and Necros.

The Backseaters feature a lead singer named Jake. So that’s 3 Jake’s “appearing” in this music video. Coincidence? Conspiracy theorists disagree!

Hallway Kids might be a reference to Canadian TV show Kids in the Hall. So that’s another link to Canada there.

Finally, Necros is (or was) a real band in the 80s. So this must be a tribute to punk bands that school rebels might’ve listened to in the early and mid-80s.

Ruthie’s Inn can also be read on a flyer posted along with the others. Perhaps another reference to early 80s punk rock, because Ruthie’s Inn is a notable California venue for thrash metal bands in the 80s decade.

pak plazaLast bit of trivia is the the pawn shop where the high school dude possibly buys an engagement ring. It reads “Pak Plaza Pawn and Sport Shop”. This is a real pawn shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. No word on the ring and if it was ever sold for under a grand, though.

 

Be sure to follow these folks on their social channels, and THANK YOU for checking out my post!

Jake Owen Twitter

Mackenzie Porter Twitter

Jake Etheridge Twitter

Justin Clough Twitter

-Out of the Wilderness

The 411 on “Singles You Up” video by Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis seems to be on the precipice of making it big. Industry critics and country music fans predict a very successful year for him in 2018. So why not kick off the new year with a great video to go along with one of his popular songs, right? Check out the video for “Singles You Up” then scroll down for a few details you might be curious about!


The Cast

Jordan stars alongside a woman playing his love interest. She is Austin-based model Abbey George. If you see her, give her a big ol’ ‘whoooooop,’ as she’s an alum, or if I’m being proper by A&M standards, a former student at Texas A&M University.

Howdy. Gig ’em. And other Aggie terminology.

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Abbey from JE Model Management‘s website.


The Locations

The video was shot in El Paso, Texas. Jordan and Abbey show up at Conchita’s Burritos, which, incidentally, is probably cooking up meals this very second for anyone who wants one at 6730 Alameda Avenue, El Paso, TX 79905. A 5-star Yelp rating means something, y’all, so swing by and grab a bite. There are other locations throughout the video, but this one has Mexican food, so I didn’t write about the others.

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The car
It’s much like the one pictured here, so I believe it is, in fact, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird. [correction: as pointed out in the comments below, the bodyline on the car in the video is evidence this is a ’69, thanks for commenting!]

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photo from musclecardrive.com

Any car enthusiasts out there can feel free to comment below for confirmation or correction.


A big thanks to Eric Ryan Anderson for providing a Firebird-trunk load of info, much of which was used to put this post together. Best of luck to Eric, Jordan, Abbey, Conchita’s Burritos, and everyone who’s involved with Jordan’s music and videos! For more from these creative people, check them out on their social sites by clicking below…

Jordan Twitter

Jordan Instagram

Jordan website

Abbey Instagram

Director Eric Ryan Anderson Twitter

Eric Instagram

Eric website

-Out of the Wilderness