Move Over Bro-Country, The Bra-Revolution Is Coming
2013 was certainly the year for the guys in country music. bro-country dominated radio with it’s male driven themes. Thankfully, there is a strong voice, lead by Terri Clark and Sheryl Crow, screaming “where are the bras on country radio?”
The sad fact is nine out of 10 country songs on the radio days are bro-country driven that focus on the weekend party lifestyle of guys, and always include references to pickup trucks, hot girls and moonlight. Superstars like Carrrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kellie Pickler do get to sing about what women care about. Unfortunately, for the most part the bros are way outnumbering the bras.
Bra-country has always been big in Nashville with Reba, Martina, Faith, Trisha and Shania Twain ruling the airways for more than two decades. Now the scales have tipped the other way with the guys ruling Nashville and the girls struggling to get some airplay.
Here’s my picks for female artists that should be played more on the radio but are being ignored in favor of the bro-country artists.
One-third of the now disbanded girl band Pistol Annie’s, Ashely Monroe has a long list of accomplishments to her name. She not only has sung with Miranda Lambert in Pistol Annie’s, but also Ronnie Dunn and many others. Still this talented singer/song writer rarely gets any air play for her bold, honest and traditional country songs. “Weed Instead Of Roses” is a perfect example of the bra-country movement that country radio should be playing.
Here’s Is another special bra-country chick that should be racking up the hits on country radio but isn’t. Maggie Rose known mostly for her 2012 song “I Ain’t Your Mama“ from her debut album “Cut To Impress”. The song peaked at number 29 on the country airplay charts then fizzled due to lack of support from radio stations who seems to be more impress with playing bro-country artists than anything that used a bra.
Despite winning a Grammy for her 2013 album “Same Trailer Different Park“ this talented singer, songwriter is still getting no airplay. A true language artist, Musgraves spins words and pop culture references to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors that relate to what the common woman and man are experiencing in their lives. This Texas native is the perfect example of the bra-country movement not only for her lyrics but also for her conservative approach to country music. She is a superstar in the making and radio seems to be missing what critics and listeners love about her.
In 2014 Brandy Clark just received her first Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and #1 hit “Better Dig Two” for The Band Perry. Like our other bra-country chicks on this list, Clark writes music that speaks about the daily reality of both sex’s lives. Her country humor and vivid story telling make her one of my favorite bra-country artists that never gets radio airplay.
Why Holly Williams doesn’t get airplay on the radio is not only a shame but it borders on insanity. She’s freakin’ country music royalty. She is the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. Her 2013 album “The Highway” features a few of her country besties like Dierks Bentley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jackson Browne. Despite the superstar lineup, incredible singing and song writing country radio has ignored the album.