I cannot tell a lie - I love old country music (and I hate new country music). As the purveyor of a site called Retrospace, it's not exactly shocking to learn that I prefer the older songs. But let me explain and give you 10 good reasons to love old time country...
- Willie Nelson claims to have smoked reefer with President Kennedy on the roof of the White House. I believe him, and that definitely adds a point in country music's favor. Plus, Willie's Red Headed Stranger is an epic piece of work that I'd stack up against any album from any genre.
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- Outlaw country in the 1970's was as rebellious as anything rock music. Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard, and Hank Jr. were drinking, smoking weed, and kicking ass every bit as much as Aerosmith and The Stooges. Sing it with me: "Hank, why do you drink? Why do roll smoke?..."
- If you are a true blue fan of the 1970's as I am, then you can't help but appreciate country music. The 70's were all about blue collar and the lust for lowbrow. The Dukes of Hazzard and Hick Flicks like White Lightning, Every Which Way but Loose and Convoy were the bread and butter of the decade. Truckers were the heroes and rock stars of the decade - and country music went hand in hand with the trucker image.
- The 1980's were a continuation of country's golden days: Kenny Rogers, Urban Cowboy, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, George Strait, and best of all.... the theme song to The Fall Guy
- If you love rock and pop music from the 70's, you are automatically guilty of loving country music. Country was officially on its way into the mainstream when the Byrds actually put out a country LP (the unsuccessful Sweethearts of the Rodeo). It wasn't long before Southern Rock was one of the most successful genres on the market. The Eagles had a definite country & western flair, as did Jimmy Buffett and Skynyrd, and tons of top ten hits like "Let Your Love Flow" and "Nights Are Forever" were unabashedly country sounding.
- Take this job and shove it!
- I freaking loved Hee Haw. Sure, it was possibly the only show stupider than Mama's Family, but that was part of its charm. Three words: Hee Haw Honeys.
- If British people can love country music so can you. The Hollies recorded "Long Cool Woman", The Beatles did "Act Naturally" and The Stones did "Honky Tonk Woman" - need I say more? (Check out the ad for The British Journal of Country Music below).