What’s with this stuff that they call country music these days? It’s certainly not country. It’s not rap. Its crap. All of it sounds the same. I think this stuff needs to have a name. I say we call it Honky Hip Hop. What say ye? Personally, the part that irks me the most is that people are trying to pass this off as country music.
You know, there is plenty of room for any type of music that you enjoy. I don’t like all music, obviously. Take people like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Joe Ely, Chris Knight and others. They obviously have country influences. Yet they aren’t country artists. They are Americana artists. This is what I’m talking about.
Over the past few months I’ve been listening to regular broadcast radio. Saying it has been an ear opening experience would be an understatement. I know that people are trying to reach out to new audiences. But come on. Don’t forget who brought you. Let Country Music keep being Country Music.
I think Shooter Jennings had it right when he sang Put The O Back In Country.
Taking advantage of some wonderful Fall sunshine I headed out to find a few Geocaches. Just like with any adventure I wanted to make sure my scooter was up for the task. I stopped at this local garage to check things out. Once the oil level and tire pressure checked out OK it was time to mount up and roll.
It isn’t difficult to find a scenic back road here in Tennessee to soak in some sunshine. I’ve pasted this old barn for most of my life. I can’t count the times that I’ve said to myself that I need to stop and take a photograph. Today was the day. There’s just something about old barns that appeal to me. They all seem to have a story to tell. The weathered boards. Their shape. The purpose they have of providing shelter for both machine and beast. A place to store sustenance for hard times. I hope I never loose my attraction to barns.
These lovely ladies seemed interested in what I was up to. I suppose they couldn’t help but be curious. You’ve all see the Little Woman. She is quite the head turner. Wouldn’t you really like to know what they were thinking?
Today I had many things on my mind and troubling my heart. Like many of us do I turned to music to help. In the CD player was spinning the tunes of Larry Cordle. The album titled Pud Marcum’s Hangin kept me company. Some of these songs hit close to home. One in particular, Angel on His Shoulder seemed fitting. As I wound my way around historic Middle Tennessee I too had an angel on my shoulder and a devil by my side. Just as in the song there is a war raging in my soul.
Stopping long enough in an area known as the Cove, I read the historic marker. It told of families that have lived in the area for decades. It told of happenings that occurred during the War of Northern Aggression. There is so much history right at our fingertips. Most we don’t even have to dig for. It’s right in front of our eyes. Take time to stop and read historic markers. The things you learn will amaze you.
The mixture of Fall colors and winding roads in the cool sunshine is just what the Ronman needed. Add in to the mix grabbing a few Geocaches along the way and it’s a much-needed relaxing day. Not far from Pull Tight Hill ,where these photographs were taken, I stopped for a snack.
Coming to a cross roads I found a small country store. I debated on taking a photograph of this market but decided better of it. I had rather you use the theater of your mind to picture what this market was like. You know the type. There was an old church bench on the front porch. People rode up in pickup trucks, cars and even horse back.
I sat on this bench and enjoyed a wonderful Sundrop and a bologna sandwich. You know one that has a thick piece of bologna with cheese, mustard, miracle whip and a tomato. Just the way God meant for them to be. What a way to spend the day.
I hope you too can get out and enjoy a relaxing ride in the country. Take time to slow down and see the sights around you. Do something new. Check out Geocaching. Learn about history. Travel alone. Travel with others. Just get out and enjoy life.
Here’s an update on the MeanStreet Riders. They are working on raising money to fund their media campaign. Click on the link below to see a video about them.
I was recently afforded the opportunity to review a new CD from the MeanStreet Riders. Although I had heard of them, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let’s just say this debut album has grown on me. The smooth voices telling the stories on this High On The Hog CD work their way right inside your mind.
All the songs are about riding. The MeanStreet Riders are all riders. They write about riding. They sing about riding. If you ride you’ll connect to this music. If you dream about riding you’ll connect. Once you hear this music you’ll know these guys have the same thoughts and reasons as to why they ride that you do.Personally I appreciate the fact that you can understand the words to their songs. The music is crisp and clear. These guys are some good pickers.
Song titles like “High on the Hog”, “Kiss it all Goodbye”, “I’ve Had a Good Ride” and “Souls of Chrome” can only come from time spent riding. Some of the songs are about places I’ve been to. “129” is about the infamous Tail of the Dragon down at Deal’s Gap. This stretch of highway is known the world over. Some of the songs are about places that are on my to do list such as Sturgis and the Badlands
You can find out more about the MeanStreet Riders by checking them out on their website at http://www.MeanStreetRiders.com or follow them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MeanStreetRiders . Give them a listen and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just like I was.