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CD: DAVID GREEN – Like 1950 At The Grand Ole Opry


DAVID GREEN

Like 1950 At The Grand Ole Opry
     A lot of artists are doing ‘one song’ releases these
days in an effort to get ‘country radio’ to ‘listen’ to real country
music.  Many of these kind of writings and traditional country music
recordings are coming from unknown artists in all parts of the United
States.  In other parts of the world as well.  Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, England, and most of Europe are all areas where the original
pure down-home story-telling country music was, and still is, very
popular and still existing, sometimes in large groups.  The artists and
writers that still carry on that very American tradition of telling a
‘story’ in their songs, and performed with the beauty of simplicity
still remain unknown, simply because the doors have been shut in
Nashville for such a very very long time. The only way through those
doors is with a lot of money.  And, that is definitely the problem with
country music we hear on radio today.  The only writers and songs we
hear are those that are either very wealthy or have a sponsor who is
very wealthy.  That’s not, and never has been, the ‘value’ placed on
America’s rural folks and the music they like, write, record, and play. 
It definitely is not the ‘value’ placed on the huge number of
incredibly gifted songwriters, vocalists, pickers, and fans of a musical
genre that offered, not only likeable but readily understood, ‘story’s’
inside the lyrics we hear.  David Green was inspired to write this
song, even though he is self-admitted ‘not’ a songwriter, still, he was
tremendously moved to write these words down, impossible for him not
to.  It is a very personal ‘statement’ about what country music is
today, and what it once was, and the difference between the two is a
universe apart.  To keep the old tradition alive takes a certain amount
of courage, and David Green has stepped to the plate, his guitar in
hand, and hits, without a doubt, a home-run for ‘real’ traditional
country music, the ‘style’ and ‘support’ still alive in rural America. 
The fact that we can no longer share America’s tremendously beautiful
traditional style country music with the rest of America (or the
world) isn’t the problem.  The problem is that ‘wealth’ in the music
business has prevented, and stopped dead in it’s tracks, a musical genre
to truly exist on an even playing field.  This song by David Green is
definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their ‘song of
the year’ award, and it’s going to be interesting to see how David fares
as he lifts his guitar in combat, to remind the world that the old-time
style of country music is still alive and well in America.  He even
describes, in his own words, the experience he had writing this song. 
It’s a down-home narration following the song.  Super well done David
Green. 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – www.ntcma.net

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