Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A Side Note on Country Music

Having said nasty things about the CMA Awards. let me say that the special on Johnny Cash that's on tonight is everything the CMA's weren't.

I am lucky enough to have sat at the kitchen table and listened to Kris Kristoferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson exchange stories. I am lucky enough to have experienced June Carter Cash's hospitality and graciousness. I am lucky enough to have walked in the presence of giants.

And I have to say that Alison Kraus' (dressed tonight) duet with Dwight Yoakam on "If I Was a Carpenter" is honest to god what country music is all about, despite the fact that it was a pop song.

Despite my cynicism, I suspect the circle is indeed unbroken.