Country music has a special place in my heart. It was the first music I remember hearing as a toddler in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Roy Acuff, and countless other hay seed crooners and twangers filled my early years with the music of white trash America. Smitten, I never looked back until it became nothing but Top 40 garbage in the 1970s.
As I grew up, other music genres turned my head. Folk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Metal, and even Classical all have their place in my heart. None however had the impact of that first kiss, Country Music.
I turned my back on the twangy Pop music that passes for Country music today. It had become more about the flamboyant factor than the talent factor. It all sounded the same. How big your belt was or how long your tassels were seemed to override the actual musical ability of the performer. Sure there were talented people performing, but they had caved to the POP music mentality that mediocrity sells. Their efforts became homogenized, pasteurized, no edge crap. With the exception of the Outlaw movement in the mid 1970s, Country music became dead to me. And it has only gotten worse. Style over substance.
For awhile the Outlaws realigned Country music with its roots. But then it too became a sad reflection of itself when all the up and comers claimed that they too were outlaws. Sorry but they weren't. Wannabes who failed to carve their own unique niche. Posers, the lot of them.
So here we are in 2020, post CMA awards show. I don't like awards shows. I figure already huge egos need no stroking from me by watching them prance in front of a camera. Anyway, so what do I read today? They did not even mention 3 country performers who passed in 2020 who represented Country Music more honestly than they ever have. John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver were snubbed. What a bunch of thankless, self important assholes those CMA honchos are. Not even a mention. WOW!
Some current Country stars took notice. Two claim they will return their CMA membership cards. And I love Sturgill Simpson's reaction on Instagram;
“Don’t get it twisted…wouldn’t be caught dead at this tacky
ass glitter and botox cake & cock pony show even if my chair had a morphine
But America loves mediocrity and this snub will pass under the bridge without notice.
Keep it 'tween the ditches .............................................