I must start off by saying I am very proud of TYGA FM for its involvement in the Derwent Valley Country Music Muster. I think it’s a great thing for the station and the other community groups involved, great for the town and supporting Australian music is always a fantastic idea!
That being said I have to admit I am not a fan of country music. Never have been. Never will be. I do like the occasional song but generally find most country music unbearable. I remember that classic line from the Blues Brothers film when they turn up to do a show impersonating another band called The Good Ole Boys and get informed “We like both types of music here … country and western.” That line has always stuck in my head and I think I prefer the “western” variety. I think that’s why my preferred C&W artists are the man in black himself, Johnny Cash, and the creator of the seminal Western album of all time, Marty Robbins.
Johnny Cash always intrigued me. I think it was the tone of his voice. Even when I was a child his voice seemed to have an affect on me. There always seemed to be an edge, or a hint of danger present when you listened to Cash. I rediscovered him again when I was older when he rejuvenated his career with the Rick Rubin produced American Recordings series of albums.
I remember listening to “El Paso” by Marty Robbins from one of my parent’s albums when I was growing up. I loved the story telling of it. Years later I discovered it was part of his best-selling album “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs”. This is his seminal album released in 1959 and if you’re a fan of the Western genre you absolutely must own this!
I think my problem with modern country music is that it is all very samey and tends to fit the description of country rock. I was once asked by a neighbour if I liked country music. He was quite shocked when I said I didn’t. He asked why I didn’t like it which only resulted in an even bigger shock for him. I told him it was because it was “eunuch rock” i.e. rock with the balls removed. No offence to those that like the genre but it’s simply not for me.
I guess that’s one of the great things about music, there’s room for all tastes and genres. I wish everyone attending the Derwent Valley Country Music Muster a great day and I hope the event continues to be successful and a regular feature on the calendar. In case you haven’t guessed though, and as much as I love to support all things TYGA FM-related, I won’t be there.