One of the most sincere and engaging conversation I had about music in real life this year was at a house party playing King L. I ignorantly assumed this dude next to me, who was also kinda free-floating around not knowing much people, listened to hip-hop and asked if he liked Chicago drill, Chief Keef and the like. He told me he actually didn’t listen to hip-hop at all but instead listened country music. I’ve been all ears on any notable country artists this year, mainstream or otherwise, so I asked him if he could suggest me a couple. Now, I don’t remember the names at all, but I remember he happily, proudly obliged to get into the genre and talk about some musicians he really liked. It was an open, insightful music-related chat; definitely more rewarding than a friend poking me about my favorite rapper for the 1000th time, only to be left at”oh he’s cool” and moving on. Like, I’m waiting for some other person around here to shamelessly own up to their taste without backtracking and give me some needed knowledge instead of giving me some surface-level proof they are a member of the cool club, whatever that is.