i grew up on country music- believe it or not. oh, not garth brooks and reba mcintyre- no not me. i got to listen to conway and loretta, dolly, charlie pride,- and merle haggard. why? my mom listened to them. i had no idea what they were singing about- which was probably for the best considering i didn't need to know what a man with a 'slow hand' was- or what went on 'behind closed doors.' then came merle, kris and 'waylon and willie and the boys.' i am not familiar with many singers these days. i have been in a kind of radio blackout since about 1994. country music pretty much all sounds the same- as does the top 40. and i guess that's why these oldsters are doing so well- they have a 'style' that is unmistakable. all you need is a guitar riff or a couple of bars and you know that merle is singing or kris or neil young. the songs have actual lyrics and i guess it's no surprise that these are the anti-war voices of today. so- go out and buy a copy of the dixie chicks, neil young, the boss, willie nelson, merle haggard. because even if you never listen to a note- you are supporting free speech.
oh- and take a peek at the petition