Year In Review: 12 Songs That Made 2011 A Special Year For Country Music (page 9)

Welcome back, Martina...she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Welcome back, Martina…she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Church[/lastfm] – “Homeboy” (EMI Nashville)

Although Eric Church’s and Casey Beathard’s lyrics are as Country as Country can be…it’s the song’s arrangement that lands it on this list.

“Homeboy” is at once a sonic breakthrough – and the culmination of decades of Country-Rock hybrids that came before.

Like the Gibson-Miller Band.

There’s much that can be said about the influence of Classic and Southern Rock on Country Music, but I’ll do that another day.

Suffice it to say…if you’re looking for new music made in the Classic Rock style…you come to Country Music.

Home of Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Chesney.

And one Eric Church.

I think this chapter’s just beginning…

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