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Old 10-03-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
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I've been listening to my 3-day free trial of XM and for those of us who like classic country I have these observations:

1. The roadhouse music is anything but. Lots of Nashville Sound crap like Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, etc.

2. The Roadhouse dj's talk too much. If I wanted talk I'd listen to FM.

3. XM plays much more of real classic Nashville, lots of pre-1965.

4. Nobody to bother me with idle, mindless chatter.

However:

I'd miss WSM. I'd Miss Eddie Stubbs. I have 3 Sirius subscriptions so I'd have to replace 3 units.

From what I can tell, at least with this genre, XM has music lovers programming and Sirius is trying to recreate FM radio with a slightly larger playlist and no commercials.

Just my observations and opinions. I've been with Sirius since it was 6 months old. I suppose I'll stay.

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Old 10-03-2005, 06:51 PM   #2
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I agree with you, XM goes way deeper on the classics. That is good sometimes, but then there are other times, I Sirius is like a breath of fresh air. This is why having both is so nice. I am not stuck in having to boast one above the other, I just enjoy them both.
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I like them both, both remind me of the music that my mother played when I was a kid. My mother loves Roadhouse, on a recent trip with my sister she listened to Hanks Place in my sisters Honda and remarked that she liked Roadhouse better.
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I also like Hank's Place best. But that doesn't mean I think the Roadhouse sucks. RH is hands down better than FM Country.

I'll give HP 4.5 out of 5 stars, and RH 4 stars.

Why don't you subscribe to both services? If money is an issue, you could cancel one of your extra radios and save 6.95 a month. You could then get a prepaid one year sub to XM, which comes out to 11.87 a month.

So you'd have both services for less than five more bucks a month. Surely another five bucks per month isn't going to put you in the poor house.
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well i guess things have changed. i was first looking to subscribe to sr, the year before i bought sirius. at that time, sirius had no portable boomboxes, so xm was my only choice. for me to pay, i had to like only 2 stations - their rock oldie station and the country oldie station.

when i heard hank's place, literally half or more of it was people talking - it literally reminded me of a party-type of atmosphere. i never went any further, so i dont know what the oldie station sounded like.
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Gymee:

Have you listened to Hank's Place recently?

I listened to it just the other night online, and I would say it was 95% music.
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Old 10-06-2005, 01:14 AM   #7
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no, i have never listened to xm after that - i wanted to make clear that this was quite awhile ago. i bought sirius last year, so it would be the year before last. so i have no idea what has happened since then.

my complaint with roadhouse was way way too much repeats - and unfortunately, at least for me, i wanted the old stuff most. country recording i think started in the late 20s, but it was the early 30s ? that the carter family and jimmie rodgers began recording. and probably the 40s and 50s is the stuff i like the most. the roadhouse dealt mainly with 60s 70s and 80s - again at least last year.

i so much prefer my ipod that i would never return to listening to anyone else's broadcasting.

nice to talk to you again, rm.

for those who are interested in old country, i do intend to update my thread about old country cds that i load into itunes. but i have not done any since before summertime.
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I think Roadhouse is more comparable to America than Hank's Place.
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Country is one genre that XM does much better than Sirius. I really like Hank's place (except the bottle opening sound effects) and X-country. They are both better than the comparable Sirius streams IMO.
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the Roadhouse is a joke
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Country is one genre that XM does much better than Sirius. I really like Hank's place (except the bottle opening sound effects) and X-country. They are both better than the comparable Sirius streams IMO.

X Country on XM is excellent Americana, Sirius used to do a good job with this with The Border, but Outlaw Country replaced it and things changed.
I do think that Sirius will get back into the alt county thang eventually, just a matter of time.
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Country is one genre that XM does much better than Sirius.
I subscribe to both services. I'll give XM a small edge, but I can't honestly say that XM does "much better".
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I'm a long time XM subscriber and a Sirius newbie (kept my XM, just added Sirius.) I MUCH prefer America to Hank's Place on XM. Although they don't do as much "schtick" on HP any more, I suppose I should give them another chance.

I haven't listened to Roadhouse yet, but Sirius's new country channel is horribly dull and boring. Highway 16 kicks New Country's butt!

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I've been listening to my 3-day free trial of XM and for those of us who like classic country I have these observations:

1. The roadhouse music is anything but. Lots of Nashville Sound crap like Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, etc.

2. The Roadhouse dj's talk too much. If I wanted talk I'd listen to FM.

3. XM plays much more of real classic Nashville, lots of pre-1965.

4. Nobody to bother me with idle, mindless chatter.

Al in Tennessee
Hank's Place playlist beats Roadhouse, but the rest of the Hank's Place concept is ridiculous. The bits they play between songs on Hank's Place and the other XM country channels show me that XM doesn't really understand the demographic for country on satellite radio.

Sirius is on the right track with Outlaw Country. If they would add a little bit more classic jukebox country from the 60's and 70s and play a little less Southern rock then Outlaw Country would be the perfect channel for fans of real classic country.
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