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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening To… Tom T. Hall July 4, 2015

Posted by yourcousin in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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A very welcome and given it’s the 4th of July appropriate guest post from YourCousin.

One can’t begrudge success. And classic country acts who have a certain cross over appeal are as legitimate as anyone else. But there comes a time when the cross over appeal becomes cooption. I would put Johnny Cash into that category. I remember where I was when both June Carter and Johnny Cash died, the exact moment and location. He is understandably a bigger than life icon, but when Jay Z and Jonny Depp, and Owen Wilson show up in the your music videos well it should give one pause (I mean he’s dead so it’s not his fault, but still). So any more when someone asks me who my favorite country musician is I always say Tom T. Hall. If they say, “who?” then I get the chance to play a song or two for and if they already know then they get extra brownie points. A songwriter whose influence was felt by other artists rather than by the public at large, I always considered him a good journeyman song writer. Someone who approaches the artistic process as a craft,
with skill and a matter of factness which some of the the more “artistically inclined” folks may not always have. For a better take I would direct folks to this article from The Guardian.

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1. WorldbyStorm - July 4, 2015

Really like this yourcousin. Listened to them all this morning and again this evening.

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yourcousin - July 4, 2015

Glad you like it.

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WorldbyStorm - July 4, 2015

Nice interview with him here, interesting politically too. http://www.furious.com/perfect/tomthall2.html

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2. yourcousin - July 4, 2015

Best line of the interview, “If you have truth, you’re fully aware of what an asshole you are”.

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