urban cowboy…


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.

Published by mattsnyder1970

Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online. Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence: Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts. His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999. Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.

2 thoughts on “urban cowboy…

  1. This is so interesting, it might be because I’m from England, specifically London and these kinds of dynamics within America is fascinating to read about.

    What is it about country that connotes negativity?

    Country is not a genre I am that familiar with, my boyfriend has recently gotten into Johnny Cash but I always assumed country was a ‘happy/sad’ dichotomy.


    1. I’m from the North East. Country originated in the South which to this day is still ripe with a hell of a lot more racism than other parts of the country. Plus most songs are about good old boy attitudes. Hard to explain just to me it always felt like it was the American I don’t connect to.


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