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On Sunday evenings, a local radio station features live country music events. You get to hear some of your favorite songs live before you hear them in concert. This last Sunday I heard Thomas Rhett perform “Crash and Burn”. The song opens with whistling and there it was loud and proud and exactly as it is on the recording. Soon his gravelly lilt started the rocking lull that kind of makes your shoulders shrug and twist.

141220-N-TR763-131 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 20, 2014) Country music star Tyler Farr speaks to Sailors in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a Navy Entertainment sponsored concert. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Brown/Released)

141220-N-TR763-131 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 20, 2014) Country music star Tyler Farr speaks to Sailors in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a Navy Entertainment sponsored concert. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Brown/Released)

One thing I’ve appreciated about country music is across the board it sounds closest live as it does recorded (or maybe that should be vice versa). There isn’t that disconnect between hearing something recorded then live and wondering what happened or what song they just played because that’s not your favorite.

Auto tune is probably used with someone somewhere. In the comments of Chris Young’s Grand Ole Opry performance, someone said he used auto tune. They claimed to be a techie and could hear it hook his voice in the very beginning. It’s very subtle they said they could hear it because they were trained.They know because they’re a techie. Maybe but overall it sounded like attention seeking.

On a flip side some artists are better live. Never cared for the Swon Brothers until I heard them live at Country Thunder. Tyler Farr I was on the fence about until I heard him live. He has a strong but vulnerable presence, this rough tough guy that’s been hurt and is healing. it’s very relatable and approachable. So I’m off the fence on and his side of the yard now. He can play anything he wants around a bonfire.

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