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Too rock for country, too country for rock? Give me my XXX

Some of the finest, kickingest musicians around, including Hank Williams III, Shooter Jennings, John Carter Cash, Justin Townes Earle, Southern Culture on the Skids, Drive-by Truckers, James McMurtry, My Morning Jacket, and Old Crow Medicine Show call for a new genre of music, XXX.

It is a true shame that there are such rigid GENRE definitions in popular music today! You’ve got POP, ROCK, COUNTRY, R&B, AAA and HIP HOP. This may be fine for most musicians, but there is a very unfair gap in music the way it is. ROCK music is split into two formats MODERN ROCK and ACTIVE ROCK, both of which do not accept SOUTHERN or COUNTRY-LEANING music at all. Then there’s COUNTRY. COUNTRY is a market controlled by NASHVILLE’S inner-workings. Video outlets such as CMT and GAC have created ‘back of the bus’ programming like “Wide Open Country” and “Edge of Country” to relieve the pressure created by the growing movement of outsiders in the field, but it’s not a fair representation of the broad scope of these underdogs. Radio stations have created late-night and weekend specialty programming to play these artists as well, but again, this is just placating these tremendous artists. These artists are multiplying in number year by year and this brings us to our cause:

WE WANT OUR OWN GENRE! WE WANT OUR XXX! SIGN THE PETITION TODAY! MAKE THE CHANGE!

Too rock for country, too country for rock

This is our motto. We know if you have come to this page, you can name tons of artists that fall into this category. We too are disappointed by the fact that after all this time, we still can’t here the artists the want to hear on the radio. Satellite radio is offering some great options for us, but that’s not good enough! We want the same shot for XXX that every piece of slop that gets played on the other genres gets.

Where did ‘XXX’ come from?

From the old-time moonshine jugs of course.

Get thee to Give Me My XXX and sign the petition!

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