Friday, December 31, 2010
A special Radio KBwD double feature!
We were having a conversation with B-Daddy a while back about the nature of country music and how the Nashville hit machine had corrupted a unique American art form. Ironically, we blame Ray Charles and his landmark Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music for starting this trend of blanding-down the genre. (Yes, we do own the album and it is a classic. It just got things pointed in the wrong direction).
Small wonder then, that we often depend on people not from this country and not regular participants in that music form to be faithful interpreters for the rest of us.
Back in 1983, an all-star cast of British invaders got together for the ARMS benefit concert to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis research.
It's an embarrassement of riches. To our knowledge, it was the first time that guitar legends Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck (all formerly of The Yardbirds at different times) had ever appeared on stage together. Stevie Winwood, Kenny Jones (the Who), Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman (love the cigarette!) and Andy Fairweather Low also in attendance.
And speaking of Andy Fairweather Low and country music, we would love to see someone like Dwight Yoakam or George Jones give the treatment to the following George Harrison classic "Give Me Love".
But then again, why bother? Is that not country enough?