|Hank Williams - A Real Country Artist|
It's all getting rather old - though I'm no fan of the cutesy, teeny-bopper style "country" music that Paisley produces. I prefer the gritty style of Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, or Hank Williams (Senior or *Junior) over Paisley's new school, pastel-styled stuff. But a sweet little puff piece from National Pravda Radio suggests the elites are warming to Paisley's efforts in seeking absolution :
. . . it shows how fraught racial dialogue remains in America. Not to mention religious dialogue: I'm waiting for the uproar over "Those Crazy Christians," a similarly soul-searching provocation that I suspect even my more devout relatives would get a kick out of.Yeah, that's gotta impress the ruling class elites - America [especially in the South] is a country full of racists and Bible-thumping crazies. Sounds like ol' Brad's been taking classes at Bowdoin:
The school's ideological pillars would likely be familiar to anyone who has paid attention to American higher education lately. There's the obsession with race, class, gender and sexuality as the essential forces of history and markers of political identity. There's the dedication to "sustainability," or saving the planet from its imminent destruction by the forces of capitalism. And there are the paeans to "global citizenship," or loving all countries except one's own.
If Mr. Paisley has "issues", he should talk to his preacher. The rest of us really don't need to be subjected to his public self-flogging, guilt-projecting stunts disguised as music. My advice to Mr. Paisley is don't worry about what everyone thinks of your Southern culture and heritage. Just be a good man and the rest will take care of itself. Putting your Southern guilt on display in truly horrible music is demeaning and about as unSouthern as you can be. Man up.
NPR closes their kissy piece with this:
. . . he fully embodies a tradition while also laying it down on the psychiatrist's couch. The jury's still out on his therapeutic approach, but as a musician, he's at the top of his game.
I think I'll throw up and then go listen to some Hank Williams tunes. Sometimes I get sick and need therapy too.
*Just to be clear, much of HW JR's stuff is a little too gritty for me, but I do LOVE his attitude.