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PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK: CLASSIC COUNTRY
3/13/18

HITS playlister Ranya Khoury saves you from parsing through the bad eggs of the streaming age with her Playlist of the Week...


For those that struggle with where to start when it comes to discovering new music, you can thank the team at Conectd, who meet any genre-discovery need.

The curators, who prefer to stay anonymous, started their journey on Spotify about a year ago. With more than 200k followers across playlists, the profile reaches a highly curious audience.

Aside from creating a hub where users can discover new music, the inspiration behind the project came with first-hand experiences when working with larger networks. “…Curators [did] not have enough time to hear our records, so we figured that was a problem,” not just for them, but for artists trying to break into the industry. After facing a few roadblocks, the team decided to create a solution, one where “everyone could be part of the marketplace.” With the best interests of the industry's underdogs at heart, the team at Conectd started building long relationships with independents and other creatives in the industry. In doing so, they provided a home for the newest under-the-radar releases.

Incorporating a 50/50 blend of user submissions and personal additions, the team gives independent artists a fighting chance to throw their hat in a highly competitive ring. Thanks to their playlists focused around periods of time, older tracks are being re-discovered in the present; a prime example being Classic Country, which highlights the best country acts, encapsulating the whole of the genre in one playlist. Users will be able to immerse themselves in discovering the evolution of country music, thanks to a broad roster of artists that includes Alan JacksonTammy Wynette and Hank Williams. Curious? We thought so. Check out the playlist below.