I'm sitting on the porch watching my dumbass, redneck neighbors run up and down the hill behind their house on ATVs. Now, this hill isn't really all that long so up and down they go. Up, Down, Up, Down. All afternoon they do this. It must get boring after awhile, right?
So, I start thinking, because I guess I'm bored too, about the term "redneck" and how people get all offended when you use it in combination with the word "dumbass" or some other equally derogatory term. Or even use it by itself. I did an episode segment on the word once, the origin and nature of the same. It was not always negative. And it still doesn't have to be. And I use it openly in both ways because, well, I am one after all. A redneck.
Rednecks come in both positive and negative forms. Some of the more positive forms make music. And speaking of redneck music, country is so awesome right now that it has been sneaking into my playlist and The Highway keeps making an appearance on the XM Radio in my truck. Country was once relegated to the barn only. It was like once I walked in there it became normal. Even though I didn't much like any of it I could take it there, in those surroundings. Somehow, there only, it seemed to fit. It seemed like acceptable background noise. Now it seems like acceptable music to my ears. Country music makes up more of my ringtones than any genre right now.
WHAT is going on? I'll tell you what is going on. Some good ole' boys (mostly) are making some damn good music and it doesn't resemble over-twanged pop and it doesn't resemble harping on about dogs dyin' and women leavin and cryin' a tear in my beer. And, as a result, it doesn't make me blurt out to my radio shut the f&ck up will ya? nearly as often as I used to.
Here is my current barn playlist. If you have anything against country music, or if you used to listen to country back when Tim McGraw was just the new guy in the cowboy hat with the edgy, fun music and have since given up on it, then this is THE time to give it a first (or another) listen:
- The Only Way I Know by Jason Aldean (this song really is an anthem for anyone raised in a tiny little town with not much else to do but work hard, play hard and not know any better than to just keep on keepin' on)
- Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton (chew tobacco chew tobacco chew tobacco spit LOL LOL need I say more?)
- Cruise by Florida Georgia Line (I personally dig the remix one with Nelly)
- Done. by The Band Perry (the exasperated sigh/grunt at the end of this song is worth waiting for and the song is good too)
- Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert (hide your crazy indeed) ;)
- Runnin' Outta Moonlight by Randy Houser (more fun with good ole' boys)
- Point At You by Justin Moore (even though I'm neither sweet or soft)...
- Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice (I know I know but this song is funny! and catchy. I like it so shut up)
- Drivin' Around Song by Colt Ford (cuz that's just what you do folks)
- C.O.U.N.T.R.Y. by LoCash Cowboys (rednecks can spell too)
And there you have it. More things I refuse to apologize for. I should go do something upscale now. Where are my boots?