That Good Ole Country Music

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.

The man in black himself, Johnny Cash.

The man in black himself, Johnny Cash.

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!

Marty Robbins 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

Marty Robbins 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

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.

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