What is Fusion Country?
Fusion Country is a blog dedicated to covering a sub-genre of country music by the same name. Fusion country (encompassing multiple sub-genres of country) is a stylistic blend of the sounds of traditional country music with the sounds of other genres of music to create a new type of music. It does not follow the rules or conform to a box. It’s country at it’s soul, but with a fresh look and approach. It’s something that has always existed in country music and needs proper coverage, from the past into the future.
So Why Fusion Country?
Country has turned into a genre of sub-genres. There is no longer one sound, but rather multiple sounds under one tent. The problem I saw when creating this is that no designation has been created for sounds of country I refer to as fusion country. For example, Sturgill Simpson is not an outlaw country artist. I mean he says this is in a song on his first album! But yet he constantly gets called a traditionalist or an outlaw because country journalism is lazy, creatively inept and afraid of change (a reflection of the country industry). Fans go along with this. And that’s how misconceptions are formed. Now artists like Sturgill and others will have the proper label to help better identify their artistry.
What Fusion Country Isn’t
It is fundamentally opposed to traditional country. That sub-genre is focused on regurgitating the same sound over and over. That’s boring. Of course that doesn’t mean I hate traditional country, but rather it has been perfected. There’s no point in making new traditional country when George Strait, Willie Nelson and others have already put out the best you’ll hear. Why would I want to listen to a copy cat? Fusion country is also not pop country, outlaw country, Texas/”Red Dirt” country or 90s country. You shouldn’t confuse fusion country with Americana either. That is a sub-genre that has no clue what it is and gets confusing rather quickly with it’s attempt at broadly appealing.
Why Only Cover Fusion Country?
Because every other sub-genre gets covered plenty. None of them seem to know how to cover this new sub-genre without immediately comparing it to something it’s not. Yet there’s a clear buzz and demand for this new style of country music and that is why I want cover it.
But is it “real” country?
We don’t have these kinds of discussions on this blog. I’m sure you can find this argument in plenty of other places in the country music community. But you won’t be bringing that here. The exception of course is when I decide to rip into the ludicrous proposition of “real country.”
So what artists fall under Fusion Country?
Read along to find out. Just keep in mind there are good and bad versions of fusion country. There’s plenty of good country music being released that doesn’t fall under fusion. Don’t fuss if your favorite artist doesn’t fall under this category. At the end of the day, enjoy the music you enjoy and don’t let anyone give you shit about it.