Lynn’s Review of the 2009 CMA’s
Coming from a person who cut her country teeth on George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Conway Twitty, (kicking and screaming all the way, I might add), this year’s Country Music Award Show was refreshing. Refreshing, but not Reeealy country, if you get my drift.
The best new artist turns out to be one of my favorite pop music singers, Darius Rucker, the easily identifiable voice of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Definitely not country.
Lady Antebellum is a mellifluous-sounding group and I plan to get their music to play in my car. Their music is not the music I would categorize as country, but they won Country Vocal Group of the Year. They were even wearing three-piece suits, for Pete’s sake! Since when do country music people wear three-piece suits? Furthermore, nobody had Big Hair.
The “Country Look” seems to be gone. Miranda Lambert had one band member with a Mohawk and another one looked like a cop.
There were several songs comparing Today with the Past. (The Past being more desirable, of course.) It appears to be a trend.
Tim McGraw sang a song called Southern Voice. It was sort of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in action verbs.
Sugarland, or as I call them, Jennifer Nettles and some guy who plays the guitar, won Vocal Duo of the year. I like her. A lot. When I first heard her sing, I thought she had a harsh twangy voice that did not please me, but I soon came to understand that she has wonderful, dramatic voice control and she can grab her listeners by the (pick a body part) and hold them in her spell until she decides to let them go at the end of her song. Powerful.
Martina McBride sang “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” but the wrong George showed up to sing along. Dang! I hate it when the wrong George shows up!
Too many new country songs tell a convoluted story which is good the first time you hear it, but the tenth, the twentieth, and the forth-third time, not so much. People are crazy but you should have seen it in color. Yawn.
Taylor. Oh Taylor!
She won all of the biggies of the evening and her age still ends in -teen.
She said she has done everything she has ever wanted to do.
And all that life to get through!
What to do…what to do now…