Can a born and raised city slicker appreciate country music ? Yeah, I can. But honestly, country music has a negative connotation attached to it. Now, I might be biased because I grew up in a household where my Dad always said small town folk were all idiots. Hell my brother got the worst of it when he married a small town girl (heard it to no end), then when they divorced and he hooked up with a small town boy..well two zings grazed my Dad’s thought process. But this isn’t about my Dad entirely. My friends of all colors were into everything but country it seemed living in the city. But looking back on it now I was a closeted country fan that never admitted to it till now.
Noting the following: Gene Autry, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bobbie Gentry, Dolly Patron, Juice Newton, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Lyrnrd Skynryd, The Stray Cats, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Zach Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chensney, The Band & Miranda Lambert to name a few off the top of my head. More than I ever thought possible. Of course it helps that this city boy married a small town country girl.
I’m also learning through my wife’s extended family (just some) that even if we don’t see eye to eye on liberal issues or typical man things, there is at least music to fall on.
So that small town-white trash-red neck-country bumpkin-hay seed stigma I avoided for decades is, plain and simple, a crock of shit. Music is music especially if its good.