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Thursday, June 23, 2011

TODAY @ THE FAIR: WILLIE NELSON'S COUNTRY THROWDOWN

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WILLIE NELSON'S COUNTRY THROWDOWN
BROUGHT TO YOU BY KEVIN LYMAN (WARPED TOUR)
WITH ARTISTS:

WILLIE NELSON  (5 MILLION LASTFM PLAYS)
JAMEY JOHNSON (HALF MILLION)(IN COLOR VEVO LINK)(4 MILLION you tube plays 2008.)
RANDY HOUSER   (450K) (BOOTS ON VEVO LINK)(650k you tube plays 2009.)(COPENHAGEN RING REFERENCE EXPLAINED.)
JACK INGRAM   (577K) (BAREFOOT AND CRAZY VEVO LINK)(258k you tube  plays 2009.)
LEE BRICE   (300K)  
BRANTLEY GILBERT  (68K)
CRAIG CAMBELL (8k)
LUKAS NELSON AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL  (WILLIE NELSON'S SON: 1k)
DRAKE WHITE (>1k)

BLUEBIRD CAFE STAGE
(BUY TICKETS)

ADAM HOOD
AUSTIN LUCAS
BRENT COBB
CAITLYN SMITH
DANI FLOWERS
ERIN ENDERLIN

2 PM START (DOORS AT 1 PM?)
THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

   For the record, I did not alter the line-up as it appears on the official site.  With the mild exception of Jack Ingram, the Last.Fm play statistics EXACTLY REFLECT the order in which the Artists are listed.  I would take that as an example of a non-rock genre reflecting my observations about the accuracy in last.fm plays accurately mirroring the indexical  popularity of an artist.

  Country Music is the great unknown for me.  In Ennis' The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rocknroll in American Popular music, he identifies seven traditions of American Popular Music: Pop, Country Pop, Black Pop, Gospel, Jazz, and Rock.

  Arguably, the music tradition with the greatest outsider/DIY story is not Rock, but Country Music, in that Country Music started as an obscure, non-commercial, non-prestige form of popular music (as compared to the older, pure "Pop" tradition- Tin Pan Alley and ASCAP) and transformed itself into what is arguably the healthiest AND most profitable tradition of American Popular Music within the course of a generation (1930-1960 roughly.)

  Although Country Music experienced the same corporatism and centralization (Nashville) of other American Popular Music traditions during the 60s to present era, one of Country Music's secret weapons is the ability to generate OTHER locii of Country Music that can impact the dominant, commercial "Nashville" style.

  One example discussed previously on this blog is the "Bakersfield Sound" of Bakersfield, CA, embodied by Buck Owens and his Crystal Palace.

  Another example is the Austin Sound/Progressive Country Artists- a group embodied by Willie Nelson.  Other notable Artists in this area are Waylon Jennings(2 million) and Jimmy Buffett (Three and a half million lastfm plays- prolly a low ball number.)

  Having now reviewed the videos for the artists as listed above, I can safely say that this is music for white people.  Oh yeah. Jesus. Listen to those lyrics. My favorite is "Boots On" by Jamey Johnson because it is about WORKING HARD>>>>  YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS: THEY AREN"T A BUNCH OF LAZY HIPSTER FUCKS.

  I also have to say that personally, I prefer the craft and polish of Nashville production and songwriting to the vagaries of the so-called "Alt Country" world.  Also, there is a foreignness to Nashville Country that is genuinely interesting to me in the same way that Balinese Gamelan Music is interesting to me.  I guess that's probably not the "right" opinion to have, since Alt-Indie country is on the rise, but I'll stick with Nashville, it's hit makers and the sociological implications of turns of songwriting phrase like "Copenhagen Ring."  How fascinating...how... bizarre.

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