Thursday, April 19, 2018

Beautiful Richmond Part V: The Jefferson Hotel

I recently stopped into the Jefferson Hotel for a cup of coffee before church. As I sat enjoying the experience, the statue of Thomas Jefferson stared at me intently. "Really. And what business do YOU have here?", he seemed to inquire. Just kidding. But the atmosphere really is special and I look forward to coming back--perhaps for high tea when I have a really special guest in town.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trailer Trad Tunes: A Tear In My Beer NEW Country

It's not hipster. It's not shoegazesurftechno, and other classic alternatives hits that I have showcased since I began this blog. Big FM country gives voice to the fly-over every-man. Every other hit features at least two of the following (often all four): a pickup/dirt road, alcohol, a hot girl, and some Americana totem like blue jeans or a 'one stoplight town.'

But, on the flip side, other hits explore the depths of heartbreak of mistakes made or of the farmer's daughter that left town for Hollywood (boo!) stardom. Some of these new country hits may suggest that rural men are VERY LONELY because these songs are odes to the out-of-your-league cheerleader or that mythical blue-eyed blond mysteriously available once at the bar stool next to yours.

However, I must say that the recent resurgence in alcohol use in these lyrics is a little weird. Beer has always been big but bourbon, whiskey, and assorted tropical concoctions are seemingly in every song coming out of Nashville now. Considering declining life expectancy and substance abuse problems in rural America, I'm not sure that this is a wise trend. Again, I get that booze has been a part of country music since its inception but putting 'Crown and Sprite' everywhere makes it seem like distillers are doing a little marketing push in Nashville.

Enough of the after school special public service announcement. Give the tunes a chance. You might sing along or even choke up a little!