Guerre de culture.
Red State Country Music: Toby Keith.
Blue State Country Music: Loretta Lynn.
I generally despise country music, but as I'm starting to find out, that's much a result of being exposed to jingo Nashville country-pop and putrid rockabilly coprophagiosity. After Cash's death last year, I warmed up to the Man in Black. A huge corpus, a lot of feeling and genuineness in the music.
Lynn I've discovered from her latest Jack White-produced album, Van Lear Rose
, which is simply spectacular. If more Kentuckians loved Lynn, it would have gone blue—this is country music in service of more than asinine, neopatriotic anthems.
Even Dolly Parton, I can stand now, although I understand she likes to characterize her music as bluegrass rather than country, which who can blame her. Roots from Appalachian country. Real people, real songs.
As for Toby Keith: he's a person. I understand he likes pickup trucks.