So every couple of years I like to re-read the 2012 Texas Monthly feature (“That ’70s Show”) on the 1972 Austin music scene that birthed the outlaw country movement. If you haven’t read it yet, just stop now and go read it and come back after you’re done. Every time I read this fantastic oral … Continue reading Listen: Cosmic Cowboys, Longhaired Rednecks and Other Troublemakers
I spent a week or so with my grandparents in the spring of 1977 when my sister was born. I was very close with my grandparents and loved getting to stay with them for a WHOLE WEEK. As a bonus, my aunt secured permission from her principal to let me attend a day of classes … Continue reading Who The Fuck Is Julie?
Video: Kacey Musgraves — “Biscuits” Kacey Musgraves – BiscuitsWatch this video on YouTube I love Kacey Musgraves. This song might not be the best thing she’s ever written, but the video is fantastic. Hee Haw and the Muppets? What else do you need? “Biscuits” sounds like a sequel to “Follow Your Arrow” and I guess … Continue reading Kacey Musgraves continues to uplift America’s spirits
The connection between music and memories is as fundamental as that between heart and soul. We write songs about things we’ve done and people we’ve loved and those songs remind us that we are human. To be robbed of either is heartbreaking, to be robbed of both is tragic. Glen Campbell has been frank about … Continue reading Glen Campbell’s Last Video: I’m Not Gonna Miss You
There’s no question that over the past couple of years Americans have really come around on two major political issues: gay rights and marijuana legalization. A poll from earlier this year found that 59% of Americans approve of same sex marriage. It wasn’t that long ago (1998) that Ellen DeGeneres lost her ABC sitcom after … Continue reading Kacey Musgraves gives me hope for America’s future
The guy who wrote “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” is pissing off Nashville…again.
Video: Blake Shelton – “The More I Drink” I first heard this song while flipping through radio stations in West Michigan, and was hooked as soon as I heard the very first line: “He was sittin’ at the bar, sippin’ a Regular Coke.” Not a Rum & Coke, certainly not a Diet Coke, not even … Continue reading For the morning after a work party…
Holy cow. WFMU’s Beware of the Blog is hosting a Country Fuzz Spectacular featuring a bunch of classic country songs with prominent use of the fuzztone effect, including the following 1966 track, described perfectly: “The first few seconds of this record sound exactly like a scorching garage punk combo at work. Then the Willis Brothers … Continue reading Country Fuzz
George Jones and Merle Haggard – Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones: Kickin’ Out The Floodlights…Again (Bandit) The two old school shitkickers create a true country music album.
Oh shit. Looks like Faith Hill isn’t taking her loss in the CMAs last night too well. Update: She claims she was just joking. Sure you were, Kanye.