I gotta tell you, this isn't what I set out to write about today. I was digging on the hardcore country songs of Pistol Annies when I saw that Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday a week ago. While checking out that news... I got sidetracked again.
The internet is like that. Leads you all over the place. A major distraction just waiting for a mind to happen in.
I arrived on a YouTube page with a fan uploaded video of Eric Church singing, Lotta Boot Left To Fill. Great tune. While I was listening, naturally I was checking out the first few comments. Its kind of like kindergarten down there. Opining. Finger pointing. Dissing. What is it with people? Can't they just enjoy some really good country music and say, 'Thanks for the listening pleasure'?
Apparently not, there's a civil war brewing on this video page. It seems that since Jason Aldean never baled hay and knows nothing about horses, he ain't country enough, but Nashville obviously thinks he his. Brad Paisley isn't worthy either because he comes from a middle class non-farming town in West Virginia where people just don't get dirty.
Some even allude that if the country music star isn't from the South, they just ain't country. One guy goes so far as to offer that real country singers are from West Virginia. For crying out loud. There's a hell of a lot of country people in the heartland, on the coasts, and in the southwest and northern tier states. Heck real country people exist in every state in the nation. In fact, you'll find thousands of them spread across Canada too. Most likely they get dirty, and they'll be some hard working folks.
Country is everywhere beyond the city, the farther you venture from shopping and nightlife, the more country you'll be. When its 5-8 miles to the nearest gas station or party store, pal - you've arrived in the country. It will be at least 30 minutes drive to any shopping district that the majority prefer (if not farther). Most will see it as inconvenient to live so far from "civilization." That's fine. We like it that way. Keeps the country safe from suffering a population explosion. We don't like red lights, rude people, traffic jams or street lights and black top is fine as long as its not running past the house.
Country music is and always has been 3 chords and lyrics that tell the truth. Its from the heart, giving you a story you can connect with and a lesson or an outcome - be it ever so sad. They're pontificating that country songs should not be about dirt roads. Why not? It's a sure sign that yes, you're in the country. Its right up there with combines, cow pies, crops and kids who don't spend their summers hanging out at the mall. Family will be close, ethics will be strong and doing what's right always comes first. You stick to your guns and don't quit when the going gets tough.
I gotta agree with Eric Church ... y'all got a Lotta Boot Left To Fill. Stop dissin' the music. It's rude. If you don't like the singer or the song, why waste your energy spreading your negativity on the page? Zip your lip and do something else.