I’m listening to country music and my brain is fried. I’m in a pickle, and I could use some suggestions. My husband and I have been asked to put together the music for a “western” themed party (it’s for the rehearsal dinner at our son’s wedding) and we are stumped. There are two reasons why it was not a good idea to ask me to do this:
The first reason is that, although I pride myself on having eclectic taste in music, I’m not a fan of the popular country music genre. I won’t say that I hate it, but if contemporary country music is on the radio do NOT get between me and the dial. I’m just sayin’.
When the “Austin sound” was popular, I listened to country music. I enjoy artists like Guy Clark, John Prine, and Steve Goodman … but I don’t think they were considered “true” country. I admit that I adore the sounds of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams — and I’ll listen to a little bit of Dolly Parton despite the twang. But, I can’t name very many contemporary country singers other than Garth Brooks, and again I don’t think that he is totally accepted as a “country” artist.
I cannot stand “twang.” However, I do admire that someone like Allan Jackson can rhyme “mansion” and “attention” just with his country pronunciation. He did that in the song called “Tall, Tall Trees” with the lyrics:
Well I`ll give it my utmost attention.”
So there it is. I don’t have a working knowledge of popular country music, and I don’t have the patience to search for the gems. If you know any that would work at a wedding rehearsal dinner, I would appreciate suggestions.
Otherwise, the guests will learn the second reason why it’s not a good idea to ask me to do this: I have a twisted sense of humor! My first choice to put on this CD has been called “the perfect country song.” It was a hit for David Allen Coe, but it was written by the late, great Steve Goodman (a prolific songwriter who wrote some of my favorite songs). It’s called “You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’.” Take a moment to hear it by Steve Goodman.
You think I won’t put that on the CD? Oh, darn tootin’ I will. Now do you see why I need help? I’m out of my league. Help me if you can.