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momma tried

2006-04-07 21:01:41.475862+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

This article on why modern country music sucks is a good start, but I think it misses something else: Subject matter. When Merle Haggard sings "I turned twenty one in prison serving life without parole...", pretty much no matter what your circumstances you think "glad I'm not that sorry bastard". Hell, as much as we like to rag on him, when Garth Brooks does his "...I showed up in boots, and ruined your black tie affair...", I can imagine saying "sucks, dude, have a beer", and commiserate over it at least not ending up a Lyle Lovett "Lights of L.A. County" scenario.

But turn on a Country station nowadays, at least out here in California, and you get weepy little songs about how daddy just said he'd spend more time with his son, sort of a "Harry Chapin lite", 'cause the growing up hasn't yet happened, or a sappy love song that'd make a Motown singer blush at the sentiment.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-04-07 23:20:53.851025+00 by: whump

I recommend Amy Rigby, not that a Country station will play her since she moved to New Yawk.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-04-08 04:03:18.145851+00 by: topspin

I appreciated Johnny Cash's Billboard Magazine full page ad after winning a Best Country Album Grammy for Unchained which got next to zero airplay on country stations.

And further, from my link:

[George] Jones says he's running his own ad in Billboard in coming weeks for his new single, Wild Irish Rose. The page will be filled with balls, he says - baseballs, basketballs, etc. along with the song's title. The copy will read: "If radio had any, they'd play this record."

Listening to country radio for country music is like Jose Padilla petitioning the Dept. of Justice for justice.