How and when did this American rural music get high jacked and turned into the pop drivel it is today? What happened to the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, George Strait , Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis…..what the heck happened people?
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gathered together some of the best rural, country performers, (Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Martin, Maybelle Carter) and combined them with equally great bluegrass performers.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The outcome was this seminal record album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken. This was my first encounter with these country greats and we owe a debt of gratitude to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for bringing it all together. Want to hear some great country music? Find a copy and experience some true country music.
So………….where are we today? Honestly, I know of no real country music alive today. Is this a reflection on the state of popular music in general? I was all set to go into a rant about “new country” music but realized it had already been done for me. Noah Regan’s commentary on the sad state of country music pretty much sums it up for me. Anyone else care to chime in?