Say what you want about Paul Cauthen: It’s not boring.
But he thinks the majority of country music is nowadays.
If you’re not familiar with Cauthen and you’ve only heard his debut album, you might think his music is pretty traditional. But with his second album, Room 41Cauthen shattered any preconceptions you might have about him and proved what a wild card he truly is.
Country, a lot of funk, a bit of rock, a bit of blues… the album really showed what a Cauthen artist really is.
And then he continued with “Country like shit”, the first single from his latest album country going down which completely destroyed the current country music industry which feeds us with all these fake country artists who expect us to believe they are country just because they say they are.
“I’m a shade tree mechanic
I have a one ton truck
I drink a 30 pack a day
‘Cause I’m country as shit
call me lil nas
Call me Tim McGraw
Not a moment too soon
I had horses in the stall”
The rest of the album is filled with what Cauthen calls “a good sonic balance between Merle Haggard and Funkadelic”.
So why is Cauthen making music that sounds so different from anything else in country music right now?
Because, in his words, most country music these days is “fuckin’ boring.”
In an interview with rolling stoneCauthen spoke about the same issues with the country music industry that he talked about on “Country As Fuck.”
“I think country music, most of the time now, is fucking boring.
I don’t even know if there’s country music. The genres are so contaminated, it’s become a pissing contest of ‘What do you call this, what do you call that?’ Mine is ‘Paul Cauthen’…and I’m just here to start some fires.
And Cauthen says he’s done his best to keep the boring shit coming out of Nashville right now out of his new album:
“I understand what the crowd really wants: they want to move. They want to shake their ass, you know? I needed to bring that punch.
If it wasn’t a banger or something that makes you wiggle your toes and dance, then I didn’t want it on the record. That’s where I was in my mind, to achieve a good sonic balance between Merle Haggard and Funkadelic.
Say what you want about Paul Cauthen, but you can’t say he’s boring.