Modern Country With Jess Hill

My genre is Modern Country music, not to be confused with the more traditional Country from the 70s and 80s. Most of my songs are from 2000 onwards, although I do play a couple of 90s songs occasionally. On the other hand, I love finding new singles and being able to play recent releases too, so the songs span about 30 years.

I chose the genre mainly for the lyrics. There’s something about a song that not only tells a story, but tells it in a brilliant way. There are songs about everything when it comes to Modern Country and some of them are beautiful. You can go from a song about heartbreak to something about life to something about beer and trucks, in the space of a few songs. There are all different influences in the genre too – from rock elements to pop and others in between.

I love that ‘wow’ feeling when listening to new music – when a chorus kicks in or something and you just know that this song is really good. Sometimes I hear the first few seconds of an album and I’m expecting great things. If there’s a new release it could be okay, or it could be the best thing I’ve heard for a while. The song could be about such a range of topics. I guess that’s one of the reasons I like Modern Country music – you never really know what you’re going to hear.

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