I love almost every form of live music, but I’ve got an especially soft spot in my heart for classic country. These guys performed at a conference I’m attending, and they were terrific. Give me a banjo, and a fiddle, and some tunes by Hank Williams or Johnny Cash or the Stanley Brothers and I’m a happy camper. I’ll get out on the dance floor and show my appreciation, too.
You can argue about the best decade of rock ‘n roll, or whether Bach or Mozart or Beethoven was the greatest genius, but one musical point is indisputable: modern country sucks and isn’t a patch off the George Jones/Merle Haggard/Patsy Cline/Tammy Wynette era. Why did “country music” become some crappy form of pop music lite? It was great to hear these guys play the vintage stuff, and in vintage style, too.