The Liberal Country Music Fan

Welcome to the Liberal Country Music Fan blog. Life sometimes gets a bit Blue for us country music fans on the Left. With any luck, this blog will provide a home and a voice to us Roosevelt-lovin' Rednecks. It'll be our "Big Blue Note".

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Dolly and "Transamerica"

Scripps Howard News Service has an interesting story about how Dolly Parton (iTunes) came to write the Oscar-nominated theme song for the transgender-themed movie “Transamerica”. The writer of the story is careful to note that Dolly Parton is not a stranger to “transformations” herself...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Gay Pride Parade Anthem: "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"?

Can someone please rewrite the lyrics of the Alan Jackson (iTunes) song “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” to be the gay pride parade song that it was meant to be? Has someone already performed this obvious task? Let us know in the comments section.

Liberal Superhero: Jewboy Kinky Friedman

Country music star of the 1970s and independent Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman (iTunes) made a stop at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) last week. During his speech, he outlined an impressive platform, revealing that he is:

* in support of biodiesel (and Willie Nelson being his energy advisor)
* pro gay marriage
* considers improving education a top priority
* against special interests
* in support of appointing people with relevant experience to top posts
* against partisan rhetoric (obviously)

His speech was filled with great one-liners including:

* On energy independence: “The Saudis are playing the jukebox, and the Americans are just dancing to the tune.”
* On gay marriage: “[Gays] have every right to be as miserable as the rest of us.”
* On being a straight-talker: “Jewish Cowboys speak the truth.”
* On being a hands-off leader: “Being governor is not that big of a deal...Being governor is like being judge of a chili cook-off.”
* On being an independent candidate: “It’s been 147 years since an independent, Sam Houston, has been on the ballot...and that’s too long.”

Congrats to the UTSA paper, The Paisano, for a great article.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Senator McGraw? (D-TN or R-TN?)

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Tim McGraw (iTunes) said he might like to get into politics once his kids are all grown up. The NYDN writes that he listed senator or governor of Tennessee as possibilities.

Would he run as a Dem or Republican? My hopes are up that he is a Democrat deep inside his glossy, magazine-ready exterior. He did that duet with Nelly, and he has been supportive of my man, Cowboy Troy (iTunes). In other words, he is doing his part to solve the diversity problem in country music. Some more evidence:

* He and his wife, Faith Hill (iTunes), participated in Live 8
* Some of the songs on his latest album, Live Like You Were Dying, have decidedly humanist overtones, especially “Drugs or Jesus

But then again, there’s that whole “Indian Outlaw” thing...

Chicks' New Song Getting Some Radio Play

The AP reports that “Not Ready To Make Nice”, the Dixie Chicks’ (iTunes) first single off their upcoming album (see earlier post), is getting at least some radio play. According to the AP story, 41 of the 123 country stations monitored by Billboard have aired the song at least once. Stations in Chicago, LA, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Cleveland are playing the song “frequently”. It’s good to hear that Dallas listeners are getting to hear their fellow Texans, especially given the importance of Texas in lead singer Natalie Maines’ 2003 anti-Bush remarks.

The song is number 36 on Billboard’s country music chart. Calling your radio station to request the song will help push the song up in the ranks!

Dixie Chicks Making News with First Song Off New Album


Our favorite gals, the Dixie Chicks (iTunes), have released the first song off their new album, and it’s a hard-hitter. The song, which plays in full when you visit the girls’ website, is about the death threats they received after they dissed Bush a couple years back. The lyrics from the build:

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

Powerful stuff. The gals wrote the song themselves (as they did for all the songs on the album). The album is due out May 23rd. Can’t wait!

Toby Keith Puts a Boot In the Ass of His Stereotype


Since he’s one of the most original and talented stars in Nashville, it’s quite nice to know that TK (iTunes) isn’t the single-minded, flag-waving, “Angry American” war hawk that he was made out to be. In several interviews promoting his most recent tour, the left-wing punching bag that is Toby revealed the following shockers:

* he is a life-long Democrat
* he voted twice for Bill Clinton
* he campaigned for Oklahoma’s Dem Gov Brad Henry
* he differentiates between supporting the troops and supporting the war

That last point is the most surprising to me. He told the Tacoma News Tribune “And here's the thing: Just because you're pro-troops doesn't mean you're pro-war. And just because you're anti-war don't mean you're anti-troops.” You took the words out of my mouth, Toby.

Is Darryl Worley (iTunes) next?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Bumper Stickers

I've got a "Git er done" bumper sticker and a "Liberal" bumper sticker. They're right next to each other. I hope that this blog can provide a similar - albeit more in-depth - message to a much larger audience.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Howdy

Welcome to the Liberal Country Music Fan blog. Life sometimes gets a bit Blue for us country music fans on the Left. With any luck, this blog will provide a home and a voice to us Roosevelt-lovin' Rednecks. It'll be our "Big Blue Note".