I hear you! Hubby and I both grew up in one-stoplight towns, and brother, when we hit the big city as adults, we never looked back. We are thoroughly city people now. Or as my co-worker jokes, "I can never live in a place without a pizza delivery joint."
That's what still turns me off about a lot of country music. At least on the radio, it seems to be a lot of twangy-voiced men singing about the glories of getting drunk and picking up loose women in a honky tonk. That's why, with rare exceptions, I prefer the female singers.I am basically R&B, but like a lot of other music too (with the exceptions of Rap and Heavy Metal.) I haven't had much exposure to Country Music but love K.T. Oslin and the Dixie Chicks. I only knew Blake because I saw him on a David Foster Special singing Home with Michael Buble, the writer and original singer of the song. I loved Blake and was happy to see him on "The Voice". I've liked a lot of the Country Music sung this Season by the girls and the Swon Brothers. Could it be that the Country songs they've done are often sort of cross-over songs? While watching the OK Disaster Special Blake put on I noticed there was a lot of Country music I didn't like at all. Too twangy. Plus, aside from Blake and his wife and Reba, I really had no idea who these other Country artists were.
Actually, I'm an old fogey. Give me some Johnny Cash or nice bluegrass any day.
I really, really love Shakira, but despise Usher. He is so "posey" and I hate when he puts his leg up on the chair and puts that, "Ain't I just too cool?" attitude on. Blech! I'm not sure what his 'genre' is, but they don't play his music on my R&B station here. Re his duet with Blake on Home, it was awful compared to Blake and Buble's duet. And then, there's The Bieber! No forgiving Usher for that one!!!
At first I liked Usher, but by the time I left off, I disliked him. I seem to recall that in the Battle Rounds he snapped at one of his singers, when all the guy did was laugh nervously. Sheesh. That's why I laughed when I read here that his team had been wiped out.
And I will never forgive him for Bieber, either. Usher's constant referencing of how he was the one to discover that brat was another thing that turned me off about him. If I were a contestant on The Voice I would pick anybody but Usher to be my mentor (and pray I had that choice).
I had no idea who Cee Lo was until "The Voice", but grew to really like him and will be happy to see him back next Season. I'm probably the only one here who likes Christina, but even so, would prefer Shakira over her as a coach.
I had never heard of Ce-Lo, either, before this show. He really grew on me, though. I love his outlandish personality and witty remarks. And he can never go wrong with me when he brings his cat to the show.