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March 17, 2010

I like country music.  Not many people I know would admit that.  I’m not so crazy for modern Walmart country music as I am about the country & western, country blues, and country rock of the last 60 years.  It’s soulful and honest, and there’s something about country music that turns you inward.  It exploits your loneliness, amplifies your happiness and buries you in your own blues in a few quick chords like few other genres can.  It’s a fairly common response to the question, “What kind of music do you like?” to hear someone quip back: “I like everything, except country.”  My more judgmental self would believe this person doesn’t actually like music much at all, but I’d prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt; in this case, they haven’t been exposed to the right kind of country.

Over the weekend I saw the film Crazy Heart, about a beat-up former country star playing bowling alleys and lounges throughout the Southwest.  Jeff Bridges just won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Bad Blake, which was wholly deserved.  And the music – ah, the music!  The original songs that were written for the film exemplify everything I love about country: bluesy, honest music to ride along to.

Take a listen.

No. 293: 3/16/2010

It’s funny how falling feels like flying, for a little while

– Jeff Bridges’ character Bad Blake, from the
song Fallin’ & Flyin’ in the film Crazy Heart

No. 294: 3/15/2010

A heart like mine, which never got any kind of affection growing
up, is terrible above all things.  Was then, is now.

– Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

No. 295: 3/14/2010

Country music is three chords and the truth.

– Harlan Howard

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Daniel Berlin permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:59 am

    Nice post. Have you ever heard me say “Walmart country music”? I use that term a lot too. I agree with you on the country thang. You should listen to a Texas Country blues singer songwriter named Townes Van Zandt. His songs are so deeply intense that its almost creepy when it draws you in. He is the namesake for a modern day country gem…Justin Townes Earle…who I would also highly recommend. On similar vein…there is a lot of great “Alt.Country” that I listen to…everything from Graham Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers to Ryan Adams’s original band Whiskeytown (Strangers Alamanac album is incredible) to Uncle Tupelo, Jayhawks and early Wilco. Finally…a new band playing this week at SXSW…Deep Dark Woods.


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