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Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:30 pm

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What first led me to country music was the honesty of the lyrics. Truth is hard to find and here was a genre where many of the early songs of country music had laid bare the honesty of a feeling, of a situation or of an emotion. Really, truth is hard to find and it’s especially difficult to be honest with yourself. The truth hurts. But what I’ve always appreciated about the early songwriters of the country genre was that they had an innocence to their songwriting. I don’t think many of these early songwriters knew any better, and I don’t mean that as an insult, I mean it as a compliment. Their innocence hadn’t yet been corrupted. They knew nothing different but to tell it like it is, and some of them paid a steep cost, look at ole Hank Williams.

You can’t be in touch with that kind of emotion and not have it take some serious toll on you.