Saturday, October 11, 2008


Rosanne and her father, Johnny Cash

If you're like me, you love Johnny Cash--and the whole damn Cash family. If you think country music is all slick and heartless and commercial (Toby Keith leaps to mind) you should explore the classic country of the Cash family, along with the heartsick blues of Hank Williams, the sweet pop of Patsy Cline, and the tooled-leather ballads of Willie Nelson. These folks have soul, pure and simple.

And they're not all knee-jerk conservative dunderheads, either. Rosanne Cash just wrote a great piece for The Nation, entitled "Why I'd Be a Better VP than Sarah Palin." It's well worth reading, so click HERE.

Here is a clip of Rosanne Cash and another outlaw country liberal--Steve Earle--singing a juke-joint classic penned by Roseanne, "Seven Year Itch."


Anonymous said...

Good country is good music. Hank Williams was a true rebel.

-Cowboy Ray

Bob Rini said...

Thanks, Cowboy Ray! I agree--Hank was a rebel, all right. I guess he could've written all those high lonesome songs and still been a law-abiding fellow, but he was such a wild card he got the Nashville squares riled up and they kicked him out of the Grand Old Opry. Poor guy died in the back of a limousine New Years Eve.