Rock Band goes whole hog into country music

Although Harmonix still hasn't added a Deliverance-style "Dueling Banjos" to the Rock Band catalog, it has been padding out the rhythm game's selection of music from the American heartland with a variety of country hits from the likes of Brooks & Dunn and the Dixie Chicks. That selection is about...

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Although Harmonix still hasn't added a Deliverance-style "Dueling Banjos" to the Rock Band catalog, it has been padding out the rhythm game's selection of music from the American heartland with a variety of country hits from the likes of Brooks & Dunn and the Dixie Chicks. That selection is about to get wider now that Harmonix, MTV Games, and Electronic Arts announced today the Rock Band Country Track Pack, a $29.99 retail collection of songs set for release on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2 on July 21.

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The stand-alone product will include 21 songs featuring a mix of country ditties already available from the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions' online stores, as well as a handful of songs that will be exclusive to the track pack for a limited time. Harmonix revealed the first 13 songs to be on the pack, featuring new cuts from Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, and Rascal Flatts, as well as Kenny Rogers' seminal hit, "The Gambler."

Those who purchase the Xbox 360 or PS3 editions of the Country Track Pack will be able to download the included songs to their hard drives, making them playable like any standard downloadable content in Rock Band and Rock Band 2. A partial list of included songs follows.

Artist--Song (* indicates a song already available for download)
Alan Jackson--"Good Time"
*Brooks & Dunn--"Hillbilly Deluxe"
*Dierks Bentley--"Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go)"
*Dixie Chicks--"Sin Wagon"
*Drive-By Truckers--"3 Dimes Down"
Jason Aldean--"She's Country"
Kenny Chesney--"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"
Kenny Rogers--"The Gambler"
*Lucinda Williams--"Can't Let Go"
Martina McBride--"This One's for the Girls"
Rascal Flatts--"Me and My Gang"
Shania Twain--"Any Man of Mine"
*Steve Earle--"Satellite Radio"

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