Behind every song written by Loretta Lynn, Kenney Rogers or Crystal Gayle is a tale to be told. There was a woman or man. There was a couple or a family. They lived a common life with ups and downs which speak to our inner thoughts and outward experiences.
“Delta Dawn” wore a flower. “Annie” filled up his senses. “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” drew the water. And “The Gambler” bummed a cigarette. Classic Country was real.
The best thing about it was watching our favorite artists throughout the years. We shared many of their same joys and sorrows in our own lives but when we read about the death of John Denver or when Faith and Daniel Hill divorced in 1994, we felt a different kind of pain. But many of our favorites pushed ahead and we followed.
Would our grandchildren enjoy the same country music we fell in love with? Probably not, unless we introduced them. We’ve shared our stories about old records, concerts, autographed pictures and framed posters. But even if they’ve got a leaning toward country, it may be of the crossover variety.
Crossing over with the same artists
Try asking your grandchildren which of their favorite artists are country singers. See if they know who’s who. Ask them about Tara Thompson, Loretta Lynn’s third cousin. Or Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of Cactus Blossoms. And Mount Moriah, whose parents worked as volunteers with Billy Graham Ministries, and adds a touch of gospel to her songs.
Classic Country is still evolving but its roots hold fast. What springs above ground may look and sound a little different but its soul is much the same.