Country music is difficult for me. Too many hats, too much misogyny disguised as down-home family values. And my Dad loved it.
There are exceptions, those outstanding songwriters who hover in the aisles of that musical church, writing songs that reflect your life in its mirror and breaks it into tiny glorious pieces. Hank Williams Sr, Gram Parsons at his best and sometimes EmmyLou Harris, Steve Earle, occasionally Ryan Adams, and Lucinda Williams.
These songs sound so urgent, so heartfelt, so racked with need that it takes a while to appreciate how perfectly formed, well played and well produced they are.
These are songs for adults, who've been around the block a few… Read more