Awesome Country

Creep: Honky Tonky Edition

Creep: Honky Tonky Edition

There I Ruined It lives up to their name again by transforming Radiohead’s 1992 hit Creep into something you might hear coming out of one of Nashville’s Broadway honky tonks at three in the morning. The only thing missing is a cowboy hat atop Thom Yorke’s mop of blonde hair.

Ride the Boulevard of Lightning Dreams

Ride the Boulevard of Lightning Dreams

DJ Cummerbund combined the sounds of Green Day, Warren Zeiders, Metallica, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage to create a twangy, country-fied mashup of Ride the Lightning and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

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Your Jumpin’ Heart

Your Jumpin’ Heart

We can’t decide if Bill McClintock’s Van Halen-Hank Williams musical mashup belongs on There I Ruined It or if it’s the work of a mad genius. You’ll never hear Jump the same way again after you hear it turned into the twangy country ballad Your Cheatin’ Heart. Imagine if Eddie Van Halen played the slide guitar.

You Can’t Take My Door

You Can’t Take My Door

What happens when you load up an artificial intelligence neural network with lyrics to country music’s greatest hits, and then ask it to write its own tune? You end up with this gem, courtesy of Botnik Studios. We have to wonder if this is how Bad Lip Reading creates its song lyrics.

Jason Isbell: Tiny Desk Concert

Jason Isbell: Tiny Desk Concert

“In my sleep, I build machines. Nobody wants to hear about my dreams.” Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit dropped by NPR and turned in a relaxed, yet soul-stirring set of three songs about life and love from their wonderful album The Nashville Sound.

Dwight Yoakam: Purple Rain

Dwight Yoakam: Purple Rain

While putting the finishing touches on his album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… last year, Dwight Yoakam learned the news of Prince’s death. He decided then and there to add another track in tribute to the artist, a twangy, bluegrass version of one of his most beloved tracks.

Patrick Stewart’s Country Classics

Patrick Stewart’s Country Classics

The man behind Jean-Luc Picard and Professor X could make the Yellow Pages sound like Shakespeare, but we’re not sure we’d say the same for his singing voice. Thankfully, Cowboy Pat recorded this silly sampler of country tunes for a good cause.

SNL: The Wishin’ Boot

SNL: The Wishin’ Boot

With country star Blake Shelton as its guest host, Saturday Night Live had the perfect opportunity to create this uplifting ditty. Listen y’all to this story of “hope in the form of a little ol’ dirty boot.”

Country Homogenity

Country Homogenity

Nashville songwriter Sir Mashalot was thinking that so much of today’s country music sounds so paint-by-number, so he decided to see how similar some recent hits were by editing them together, then playing all six tracks at once.

GoPro Slide Guitar

GoPro Slide Guitar

Country rocker Brad Paisley was playing a gig when he grabbed an audience member’s GoPro camera and gave them some unforgettable footage, using the camera itself as a slide for his guitar solo. It’s a shame the audio is so crappy.

Hem: Live

Hem: Live

Ever imagined what Brooklyn country music would sound like? NPR described it best: Hem makes a homey, fireside kind of music, with songs that feel as if they’ve always been there.” Wonderful music to sleep or wake up to.

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