Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

New Website

June 7, 2011

Hello all!

Many thanks for all your support over the last year as I travel, work and write. It’s come time, however, to change things up a little. As a result, I’ve launched a new website:

www.stevensirski.com

I am still trying to figure out how to post pictures, but I hope to have that done shortly. I’ve tried to clean things up a little for easier navigation. Please let me know if I’ve been successful or if something needs to be changed.

If you have any suggestions, please contact me at stevensirski [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d be more than happy to talk/chat/email with you.

As for this site, I will keep it active for now, but will stop updating it shortly.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Steve

Country Music Radio

November 2, 2010

While driving my tractor, complete with auto-steer, GPS and A/C, I turned on the good ol’ AM/FM radio and turned the dial for a bit. Being out in the boonies, I knew what I’d find. I wasn’t looking for any Kpop, block rockin beats or Asian metal. No siree, I knew what I was in for: country.

And did I ever find it!

They say that country music is the music of pain. Yes. Had you driven by my tractor while I was listening to Steve Fox’ “Don’t Grow Today” or Ruttan Derric’s “That’s How I Want to go Out,” you would’ve seen me in a heap of tears. “Why is it so beautiful?”

Drying my tears on my coveralls, I managed to scratch down a few song names that really impressed me. Some are old, some are new, but in any event, they make for some good listening.

Artist: Sugarland

Song: Stuck Like Glue

Website: http://www.sugarlandmusic.com/

Apparently Sugarland has been around for a while and the album that this comes off of is a drastic change from their past (they’re even on Oct 9th’s issue of Billboard magazine). I listened to the samples of this album and wasn’t impressed by any other song than this one. That being the case, love the vocal work and the guitar picking on this one! There’s a part where she does a rap/raggae verse which my cousin didn’t like, but I thoroughly enjoyed. The video’s kinda funny, and the green station wagon accents the bizaar-ness of the song. I think Sugarland’s onto something there.

Artist: Steve Fox

Song: Don’t Grow Today

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/stevefoxsongs/music/playlists

Not to be confused with the Tekken fighter, Steve Fox is a country musician. This song reminds me of my nieces and how much I miss of their growing up by travelling around the world. Great song. This one had me bawlin’ in the tractor. That being said, listening to…

Artist: Derric Ruttan

Song: That’s How I Wanna Go Out

Website: http://www.dericruttan.net/music.php

…reminds me why I have taken up doing so much travelling. From Ruttan’s 2010 album Sunshine comes this song recounting the life of an old man, just about to turn 88, and the conversation he has with the doctor about how he wants to spend the last few days of his life. The doctor suggests some meds, the old man pretty much says fuck that, I’m goin golfin and banging my wife one more time. Adda’ boy, old man! Well, maybe the feeling is expressed a little differently than that, but listen to the lyrics for yourself, or watch the video.

Artist: Trace Adkins

Song: Honky Tonk Badonkakonk

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/traceadkins

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3dHxAYYXhc

This goes back a few years already but it’s still a good one! I think it’s about women’s bums. It’s got that mean grunge guitar crunch, the pulse of the electronica beat, and the southern accent characteristic of country music. Dance tune at the Towers in Dauphin or Tijuana Yacht Club in Winnipeg!

Artist: Billy Currington

Song: Pretty Good At Drinking Beer

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/billycurrington

My uncle didn’t laugh when I made reference to this song but this song pretty sums up my life at the farm. I may not harrow straight, I may have run into an augur, and I don’t like tightening shanks, but I’m pretty good at drinking beer. He’s running a promotion where people can make their own videos for the song. Maybe I should’ve done one at the farm??

Artist: Big & Rich

Song: Save a horse [Ride a cowboy]

Website: http://www.bigandrich.com/

Another “oldie” since the song is from the 2004 album Horse of a Different Color. For some reason country girls laugh when you say it, but don’t follow up. Must be my approach.

Artist: Dixie Chicks

Song: Goodbye Earl

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/dixiechicks

Country’s answer to GN’R’s Used to Love Her, this song is about how a man is off-ed by his wife. Admittedly, he was kind of a jerk. I’ve never really given the Dixie Chicks much thought, except when they denounced Bush (applause), but I kinda like their vocal work on this track.

Artist: Toby Keith

Song: She’s A Hottie

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/tobykeith

Is it me, or does country music typically revolve around good looking women men can’t get, men that have pissed off their wives/gfs/exs, drinking and/or combing? Here’s another catchy song that is about, surprise surprise, a good looking woman. What really got me was the vocal work with the lines “kaya diggy diggy hey hey hey!”

Artist: Luke Bryan

Song: Rain is a Good Thing

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lukebryan

Oh how my uncle was not impressed after I broke out into this song… while raiding his whiskey stash. And after such a crappy harvest, he especially didn’t appreciate me singing the virtues of rain! Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskEYYYYY, whiskey makes my baby, BUM BUM BUM, get a little frisKEYYYYY! 🙂

Artist: Little Big Town

Song: Take Me Down to the Little White Church

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/littlebigtown

Not sure what to make of the cover art for their album The Reason Why, it’s kinda dark and mysterious, but the shiny-ness reminds me of Christmas albums. This is a catchy song that talks about a man not gettin no more action til he takes his girl down to the little white Church, which I presume is to get married. Listening to the samples, I might just get this album.

Artist: The Arrogant Worms

Song: Last Saskatchewan Pirate

Website: http://www.arrogantworms.com/music/

From their album Semi-Conducted, I think this should be one of the first songs immigrants and travellers to Canada should listen to. Though not really country, it’s about country life. This song is about a Saskatchewan farmer who has a bad year, the government takes everything he owns, and so he becomes a pirate on the River Saskatchewan. It’s a long river, and it kinda makes sense to rule over it, but it kinda freezes over… and that’s when you move to New Mexico to plunder during the winter. This song is popular at weddings and socials, so my polka band played it a lot. I never did suggest to my uncle that if harvest failed he could always become a pirate. Brilliant.

Artist: Laura Bell Bundy

Song: Giddy On Up

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/laurabellbundy

Love this lady’s voice! And again, I think this song is about a man who’s cheating on his woman. Bad boy, cuz she knows she don’t “wear bath and body works” (really, can you tell?) The lines “giddy on up, giddy on out” caught my attention and have me hooked on this song. The video is kinda funny too, especially when she uses a gun to shoot off the man’s shirt and pants… without taking anything else off. The video also made me wonder, how accurate do country singers and videos represent true country folks?

Now my life on the farm also reminded me of a soundtrack that I really enjoyed. Yes, the movie may have received some criticism for its content, but at least of the soundtrack, I think, was brilliant. Gustavo Santaolalla’s steel guitar interludes, Steve Earl’s The Devil’s Right Hand, and Willie Nelson’s He Was a Friend of Mine made this soundtrack stand out. If you haven’t guessed the movie already, it’s Brokeback Mountain.

And with that, I’ve loaded up my iPod with some new country tunes to get me by the onset of another Winnipeg winter. Country music truly is the music of pain.


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