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Thread #166661   Message #4020927
Posted By: GUEST,Jerome Clark
23-Nov-19 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
Subject: RE: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
I still don't quite understand what Gib Sahib is trying to communicate. I guess, though, that if he does, so be it, and God bless him. Perhaps this underscores the point that music is hard to talk or write about. As a frequent reviewer of same, I know that all too well.

But I confess that I am puzzled why Hank Williams, not known for political songs, needs to be seen through a political lens. To the contrary, Hank's greatness is one of the few issues on which all sides and parties agree. It is simply a fact that his music represents a rural sensibility which even in his time (late 1949s/early 1950s) was going out of fashion in the music ironically called "country." Anyone who knows folk music will hear the influence of traditional song, but you don't have to know as much to appreciate the power in his art. And of course, you shouldn't have to apologize for possessing knowledge of older, traditional music.

If our friend insists that Hank Jr. is an important figure (in any but, decades ago, a commercial sense), his is a minority view, significantly so, but I simply don't wish to argue the matter. Any time spent on Hank Jr. is time lost forever, and he isn't worth the sacrifice.