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

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The shark guitar, locations, and more “Dive Bar” Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton music video

This duet between country icon Garth Brooks and megastar Blake Shelton now has a music video to go along with it. “Dive Bar,” the song, was released in the middle of 2019 after Brooks called on Shelton to join him on the track.

The video was premiered worldwide on TheBoot.com (click here for their article), and is also available on Garth’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Check out the video, then scroll down for more info!


The music video was directed by Garth Brooks himself. Director of Photography and operating the camera was Vance Burberry, who’s an expert in underwater cinematography. From his website

“My other passion I bring into my work is my love of the underwater world. I have been a diver for 40yrs and a NAUI Instructor trainer for 20yrs. I continue to teach including a professional underwater cinematography course which I wrote and is an official NAUI sanctioned course. I am able to bring my land cinematography and lighting skill set to any underwater film project.”

dive bar bts b-camera

still image from b-camera: Vance Burberry shooting band (courtesy of Vance Burberry)

Everything underwater was in a pool at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center in La Mirada, California. The band had to become scuba certified before shooting the video, as they’re wearing scuba gear about 15 feet underwater and also shredding various instruments. 🙂

shark guitar

Speaking of instruments, the “shark guitar” is a Glen Burton, and apparently when you strum the strings, markers on the neck of the guitar light up. Cool! You can pick one up for $281.99 at BridgeCraftUSA.com.

The bar scene at the end of the video was shot in Long Beach, California (referenced in behind-the-scenes video below), although according to the Ole Red website, these Blake-inspired restaurants are located in Gatlinburg, Nashville, Orlando, and Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

At least some of the equipment was provided by Quixote Studios, located in California.

If you have about 30 minutes, check out a behind-the-scenes video below…


Check out the guys on their social channels below…

Garth Brooks Twitter and Instagram

Blake Shelton Twitter and Instagram

Vance Burberry Instagram and blog

Check out more music video research on my blog page “Interesting info about a few of your favorite music videos,” and as always, thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness