What is Rebel Music?
For decades the music industry has tried to categorize Country Music that is unpolished, often rebellious, free-spirited, heartfelt and non cliché as Outlaw Country, Texas Music, Red Dirt Music, Americana, Heartland Rock, Alt-Country, Country Rock, Roots Rock, and the list goes on and on. This music historically has been inspired by what the artist was living at the time they wrote it. It is not music that an establishment has told them to play.
We simply call it Rebel Music and it is undeniable when you hear it, regardless of the artist that performs it and what genre they normally may get put in.
The music that started the Outlaw Country movement soon became saturated with artists who were not genuinely “into” that music, but jumped on the bandwagon, in turn ruining what it was about in the first place, for the people it meant something to. Mainstream music would quickly turn back to the pop country sound because it’s easier to sell to all the millions of sheep who are afraid to have an opinion or stand up for anything.
I have seen the same thing happen in recent years with Texas/Red Dirt music. It was a movement that was much needed in the early to mid-nineties. Then, when the music became “cool” to the masses, everyone was a “Texas Music” artist all of the sudden. Many of those artists are now as polished and pop driven as the Nashville Scene that Texas Music was rising up against originally. It became, and still is today, a watered down version of what it once was. It seems the attitude of “If you can’t beat them, join them” has taken a strong hold. The same can be said about Americana. Take a look at the current Americana music chart…almost pure pop from top to bottom…
We at Dick Rebel Radio are determined to bring “Kick Ass” music back to the people who are looking for a truer sound. There is still a lot of great music being made today, generally by musicians no one has hardly heard of, and we intend to change that. Finding good music these days is like looking for buried treasure, and it shouldn’t be that way. Along with the newer music we’ll mix in Rebel Music of the past sixty years for a playlist that is definitely unique to Dick Rebel Radio.
I can still remember as a kid hearing Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive” for the first time. Even at seven years old, I knew “That is a kick ass song!” There were also the days of sitting in my Dad’s truck in the driveway listening to the 8 Track tape of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” over and over. I distincly remember the impression that song made on me and the emotion it evoked. The feeling I got when I heard Lynyrd Skynyrd or Robert Earl Keene for the first time. You know what I'm talking about! When you hear genuine music like that you know you’re listening to something special and you want to share it with everyone you know because you are so excited about it. Our goal is to share it with as many people as we can, because a new movement needs to start NOW! That movement is #RebelMusic
Below are links to just a few of our favorite albums. We’ll update it regularly and as always, if you like it…buy it!