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LIFE AS IT UNFOLDS… BY COUNTRY MUSIC SONG WRITER BEN KRAHNE

Country Music Nashville Trends – The Top Upcoming Country in 2021

Everybody loves the country music Nashville puts out. Just admit it! You know you do! If you’re anything like us at here Nashville California, you also love writing and performing your own country music. Though whether you want to hit it big and end up in the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame, or whether you just listen to country radio hits on the f.m. dial, you may still want to know about country music trends of 2021.
Now, we’re not swamis over here! If we were, we’d predict the lotto numbers and would be writing this from a yacht somewhere in the tropics. But we are huge country music fans, just like you, and so we want to try to predict some of the biggest trends we’ll see jumping off in 2021. This is a two-part article, and we’ll cover 1 through 5 here.
So, let’s get it!

Top Trends for Country Music in Nashville for 2021

  1. The Bros Will Still Ride!
    This isn’t a new trend so much as a continuing one: Bro country. Pickup trucks, partying, and hot babes need to get ready for that sweet, sweet radio acclaim to keep on rolling when 2021 gets here. There ain’t a country music station Nashville has that doesn’t blare this music around the clock, and going into 2021, it’s only getting more popular.
  2. Girls Will Forgive Men
    Over the past decade, female country singers have given men hell! When you think of the country music Nashville puts out, you think about “Before He Cheats” and all these other female-led songs excoriating men for our wicked ways. Well, we predict that women will hit it big next year with songs about Mr. Right and all his great qualities, and not about slashing tires and getting even.
  3. A Lil’ Bit of Hank
    For a long time now, country music in Nashville has been trending more “pop,” for lack of a better term. (Don’t forget to snap your finger on the downbeat while reading this.) Though a pretty big hit this year was Tim McGraw’s “I Called Mama,” which did well. While not earning a #1 Billboard spot, it still cleaned up in award season and was one of the most critically acclaimed songs in years. McGraw’s song, of course, leaned more toward the classic country than modern, so expect to see producers leaning a bit more traditional next year.
  4. Shorter Songs
    A lot of country music fans think the “3:30” rule is new, but you might not remember that the biggest hits played at country music Nashville concerts in the past were only like 2-minute-and-change songs. 3:30, of course, refers to a song’s length. Expect to see songs getting even shorter, maybe even some hits around 2:50. Shorter, more memorable tunes are doing well late in 2020.
  5. Concerts Will Come Back
    For our final prediction in part one of “The Top Upcoming Country Music Nashville Trends in 2021,” we want to tell you some good news. More live concerts will be back. They took a huge hit in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as we’re heading into winter in late 2020, more states are opening up and loosening restrictions, which means that we can expect some big concerts next year.

Thanks a lot for checking out part 1 of our trends article! If you like it, feel free to leave a comment. Disagree if you want! Just come back for part 2, on its way soon.

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