Daily Archives: May 17, 2009

Country Does Recession Right

It’s hard to escape the effects of the recession. Even when you don’t have a TV. Every summer barbecue has the same stories. Everyone’s either out of a job or looking for a better one. My parents’ friends talk about how their retirement is nearly gone. My own friends talk about how their dreams of grad school have to be deferred. There simply isn’t enough money to make it happen. And that’s when I turn to country music.

Anyone who knows me knows I love country. Always have. Always will. And during times like these, one only has to listen to country to hear the echoes of American struggling during this time.

“Despite the sour economy, radio has been remarkably free of songs about tough times. The top songs from this week’s Billboard’s Hot 100 are heavy with dance tracks by the Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa and Flo Rida. “I think people are partying on,” said Silvio Pietroluongo, director of charts for Billboard magazine, who couldn’t think of a single song about the nation’s economic woes in pop, rock or R&B.” [Link.]

Check out these videos, which were featured among Country Music Television’s Top 20 Countdown.

Hank Williams Jr. singing “Red, White and Pink Slips.” Yes, this is the same guy who sang the infamous “The McCain-Palin Tradition” song.

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