An Open Letter To My “I Like Everything Except Country” Friends

It happens all too often.

You meet someone new and while you’re getting to know them, you hit it off. Not in a romantic sense, but more like a next-best-friend sense. You talk about college, your favorite party stories, who your favorite character is on The Office.

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There’s one thing that you are dying to know. It’s important that you know your next best friend’s favorite country artist.      If they say Sam Hunt, you might be a little disappointed, but at least they like a good house party. Maybe it’ll be George Strait, that’s amazing. Your next best friend digs the classics. You’re really hoping that they’ll say Eric Church because he can rock your socks off.

So, you go for it, asking “What’s your favorite kind of music?”

Your next best friend responds with “I like all music…EXCEPT COUNTRY.”

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How could they do this to you?

The next thing you know, you have to explain to them that country music is more than sad breakups, parties in the woods, pick-up trucks, beer and dogs. You try to explain that you’ve been listening to country music for your entire life. You associate most of your memories with country music. Country music tells stories that you can relate to. Country music has a pure sound. Country music has a tight-knit community. You could go on forever.

You’ve tried to convince these new “anti-country” friends that they have a bad perception of country music. Turning an “anti-country friend” into a country music fan may just be the most rewarding accomplishment.

If you can turn all of your “anti-country” friends into country music fans then FINALLY you will be allowed to pre-game to Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.

A black coffee maker on a counter

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock