Remember the famous sociology study where academics studied trends on the East Coast of America and noticed that statistically eating ice-cream was a high predictor of getting shark attacked? The statistics were accurate. But the conclusion missed the point. The unidentified factor was the heat. On hot days people get ice cream. They also get in the water, making it more likely that they get shark-attacked. If people ate ice cream on cold days, the statistical connection would vanish.
When I think about genres of music in America that are traditional, few genres come to mind that would outperform Country-western music on that specific characteristic. Perhaps Blues, which traces its origins back to slaves singing old spirituals while working crops in the fields. Otherwise I would think Country-western music is high on the list of traditional genres that American music listeners enjoy. As a good American boy from Texas, it’s easy for me to think that country music has just sort of always been here. But lately, I’ve been learning some history that has caused my perspective to change.
I have done my share of ranting about the modern country being manufactured in the Nashville music industry. But today, I want to take a little time off from the rant, and I want to say that I’m excited about what is happening in Nashville. Here is why…
I’m grateful to report that, this month, I celebrate five years of being married to my wonderful wife, Emily. I say “grateful” rather than “proud” because, God knows, I don’t know that I had much to do with it! I mean, I showed up at the ceremony. I guess that’s worth something.
Jerry Jeff Walker was the beginning of the ruin of the Texas music scene
It’s virtually impossible to succeed in the music scene of Texas currently