Colt Ford is grasping at straws.

Yes, he really said this:

What determines the song’s genre is the content of the song.

I heard it once said that Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam” was as good a loner song as anything Merle Haggard had written. And when you look at the lyrical content, it’s true. Consider:

And the road becomes my bride. I have stripped of all but pride, so in her I do confide, and she keeps me satisfied, gives me all I need…Anywhere I roam, where I lay my head is home.

Compare that with Merle Haggard:

My hat don’t hang on the same nail too long. My ears can’t stand to hear the same old song. And I don’t leave the highway long enough, to bog down in the mud, ’cause I’ve got ramblin’ fever in my blood.

So Metallica is country now? And what of the man so many claim as an influence, Mr. Johnny Cash? I have heard him referred to as the original gangsta rapper, and hearing songs like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “A Boy Named Sue,” I can certainly see where the gangsta part would come from. Which would make all those gangsta rappers country by Colt Ford’s tortured definition — either that or Johnny Cash a rapper. And what of songs like “Knoxville Girl”?

She never spoke another word, I only beat her more. Until the ground around me, within her blood did flow.

That certainly didn’t sound like a rap song — at least not the way the Louvin Brothers did it.

Not only is Colt Ford grasping at straws, but so is Chet Flippo, on the same phenomenon:

Even strait-laced George Strait raps in “Give It Away.”

Methinks Chet’s definition of “rap” is different from, well, pretty much any accepted definition of the musical form in its history. But I guess that’s really all you can do when you’re trying to justify country music’s slide further into mediocrity and irrelevance. I shudder to think of how many people will give such credibility just because of who’s saying it.

(h/t Country California)

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2 Responses to “Colt Ford is grasping at straws.”

  1. Sabra Says:

    Country music hates itself more than San Antonio does. It has been postulated that country music’s spoken-word songs are the ancestor of rap music, and that’s possible. But that doesn’t mean they’re the same thing.

    And aren’t you glad I lost my Cowboy Troy CD?

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Country music hates itself more than San Antonio does.

    Quote of the day, right there…

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