Well my first introduction to country music was Hank Williams Jr. And I have no one other than my mother for that. She got me my first CD player and some CD’s and one was Hank Jr’s album, “Out of Left Field” which I am listening to right now.
Everything is literally ingrained in my head which is pretty amazing. It’s been a few years since I have heard it in full and I can remember a little 3rd or 4th grader lying in bed listening to this album over and over.
While some out traditional purists may occasionally question my choices in who I write about, my love for country like this is not even up for debate. Songs like “Diamond Mine” I was listening to at such an early age and never stopped loving. There are times when I prefer a little rock in my country and sometimes we see that in Texas Country. Unlike many people my age who say they like country and only jam out to Lukey Baby and Sammy, I have such a soft spot and dedication to the artists who laid the foundation for country music. I get frustrated with the name dropping and the bogus claims that many of the mainstreamers make about being influenced by acts like Hank Jr. Newsflash: Your music isn’t even close.
Let’s take a look at another favorite of mine, “Dirty Mind” and compare it to the sex driven nonsense of the mainstream. It’s clearly about sex, but the delivery is so much cleaner than what a song like “Body Like a Backroad” offers. Hell think of me being that young at the time and being fine with it. Sure, he’s talking about her sexy figure and how he can’t wait to see her try on all the goodies he bought her. It’s just how it’s delivered that makes it appropriate to me. The song actually makes me laugh because his voice at times reminds me of “The Grinch” LOL! Hearing this song again and comparing it to the mainstream songs just blows my mind to think of how much this music has changed over just shy of 20 years.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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