24 June 2009

Rock Band: Country Track Pack

Rock Band: Country Track Pack
Harmonix Games
21 July 2009
$29.99
PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, X-Box 360, Wii

As someone whose predominantly favorite genre of music is country, and as someone whose wife supports the Guitar Hero franchise, I must confess that this concept has made me rather jealous of Rock Band owners. For those of you with PS3's and 360's, there's no real big deal; the guitar controllers from one series are supposed to be compatible with their rival's games now. Us Wii owners, however, are still forced to purchase equipment for each series we wish to play, and that's simply cost prohibitive at this time. Still, I'm hoping this track pack sells well enough to convince Harmonix and Activision that country is a viable genre for their series. The 21 songs on Rock Band: Country Track Pack are:
  • "3 Times Down" by Drive-By Truckers
  • "Any Man of Mine" by Shania Twain
  • "Can't Let Go" by Lucinda Williams
  • "Cry Lonely" by Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" by Dierks Bentley
  • "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers
  • "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry
  • "Good Time" by Alan Jackson
  • "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert
  • "Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn
  • "I Told You So" by Keith Urban
  • "Me and My Gang" by Rascal Flatts
  • "Mud on the Tires" by Brad Paisley
  • "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson
  • "Satellite Radio" by Steve Earle
  • "She's Country" by Jason Aldean
  • "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" by Kenny Chesney
  • "Sin Wagon" by Dixie Chicks
  • "Swing" by Trace Adkins
  • "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans
  • "This One's for the Girls" by Martina McBride
Note that "On the Road Again" was an on-disc track for Guitar Hero: World Tour, and "Hillbilly Deluxe" and "Me and My Gang" were downloadable content for that game as well, meaning that of the 21 songs, only 18 are (so far) exclusive to the Rock Band series. It's actually an interesting mix. You get some old school Kenny Rogers and the aforementioned Willie Nelson song; some 90s hits by Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney and some alt-country artists like Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. Not sure who picked which songs from which artists, but hopefully some of the more attractive offerings are just around the bend; I, for one, would love to play Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You."

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