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Both kinds, country AND western

In the course of a discussion on country music both trad and *ugh* contemporary over at Sido’s place, I was moved to respond to Outlaws Forever’s comment thusly:


This in turn got me headed over to YewToob to reacquaint myself with a few Ray Price songs, when up popped a BPs cover of his classic “Crazy Arms” amongst the rest of the flawless tunage.

Pretty decent homage if you ask me, which of course nobody did.

Update! Moar country-music rebellion.

Another Anti-Woke Country Anthem Is Shooting Up The Charts
As Jason Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town” continues to top country music charts in the face of backlash from left-wing entities, another anti-woke country anthem is also enjoying its own surge to the top.

“I’m Just Sayin’” by Nashville-based artist Austin Moody — a song that critiques radical positions on crime, gender ideology and college indoctrination — currently holds the number seven slot on iTunes’ top 40 country chart. “I’m just sayin’, have we all lost our minds?” reads the chorus of the song meant to reflect what many think in private, but feel unable to say in the face of pressure from powerful groups and institutions.

“I am absolutely floored by the response I’ve gotten on the song,” Moody told Breitbart News. “It just proves to me there’s still a strong moral compass in this country, and it means that honesty and freedom cannot be independent. You have to be honest even if it costs you.”

In a previous interview, Moody told Breitbart that he felt compelled to write the song due to the creeping influence of woke ideology in popular country music circles. Those sentiments were immediately validated just days after the interview, as Country Music TV (CMT) opted to remove Jason Aldean’s viral “Try That In A Small Town” music video from its lineup.

“Over the past couple years, I’ve been convicted. Seeing a lot of things happening in this country that I don’t agree with. You sit back and think, ‘what can I do about this?’” Moody said. “All I could hope for is when people hear ‘I’m Just Sayin,’’ they just know it was written to say we’ve had enough. We live in a society bent on the destruction of the individual. If you don’t fall in line you’ll be cancelled or destroyed.”

The Tennessee native went on to add that the birth of his daughter was another massive inspiration to write the song. “In today’s world, what we’re dealing with, it’s not just about politics. It’s about a darkness that’s now coming for our children. I’ve got a 15-month-old daughter. I don’t want her growing up in a liberal-run America,” he said.

Well said, sir. May I say, you have the right idea: jumping on these Woke fucksticks before they can infiltrate the House of Country Music like the termites they are and bring it crashing down on all your heads is definitely the way to go. The rest of the country failed to do so, and just look where THAT got us.

Still no big fan of contemporary country music, and I certainly mean no insult to Jason Aldean, but I gotta say I like Moody’s song better than I do Aldean’s.

I sincerely wish both Jason Aldean and Austin Moody nothing but the best. May you both enjoy all the success in the world, fellas. For courageously taking your stand and standing your ground in such parlous, trying times, you richly deserve it.

Inside-baseball addendum: Lest anyone think this is a hurry-up job by Moody hoping to jump on a bandwagon which Aldean had already gotten rolling, y’all should know that that is NOT the way things work in the music biz. Or at least, not that quickly, anyhow. The song being released just recently means that Moody has almost certainly been working on it for at least a year, if not longer.

He would have to have been, what with composing and editing, bringing it to the band for rehearsals, then booking studio time for tracking and overdubs, mixing, and final mastering all needing to take place before the first CD is even pressed and shipped—a very time-intensive process in and of its own self. Cover art; decisions on the J-card layout, track-listing order, and credits; running it all by the label people for their approval—nosirreebob, don’t think for a second that all this gets done in the blink of an eye.

Getting your music out there to the public, whatever genre you may be working in, is in fact a long, laborious, painstaking process, involving a whole lot of gears that have to mesh before anything happens, IF it happens. There’s a blue million ways it can all fall apart and come to naught, too.

On the upside, though, the day when you finally do get your hands on that first CD and rush down to your favorite watering hole to show off the long-awaited fruits of your labor to all your friends is a frabjous one indeed. All the horizonless hours of frustration, weariness, and self-doubt wash right away like dirt down a shower drain; you open that first box of what the record-label maggots, in their deadened-soul unmindfulness, refer to as “product” with your hands literally a-tremble and the hair on the back of your neck standing straight up, no fooling. There’s no feeling like it in all the world, there truly isn’t.

Updated update! Just checked out the above-referenced Breitbart piece, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but this:

“I’m going to use what God gave me to try to say the right thing. So far, the response has been positive,” Moody says. He also understands what a blessing (it is) to have his wife — Jennifer Wayne, granddaughter of the late film icon John Wayne — as an occasional writing partner.

Because of COURSE she’s the Duke’s granddaughter. A one hundred percent all-American family unit for sure and certain. Bold mine, natch.


6 thoughts on “Both kinds, country AND western

  1. “…but I gotta say I like Moody’s song better than I do Aldean’s.

    I’m with you on that. The Moody song is really good even without the message. It reminds me a bit of “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley.

      1. This is no longer just the Country charts though. This is a crossover hit on the Top 40!

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