The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 April 2006

Apocalypse (real soon) now

Jon Bon Jovi is topping the country charts.

Even I, who can't tell Brooks from Dunn, know that this is just wrong somehow.

Back in the Seventies, Lynn Anderson was putting out some slickly-produced country-crossover tunes on Columbia — Joe South's "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" was probably the best-known — which prompted the late Noel Coppage, then reviewing for Stereo Review, to comment: "If country fans can be sold this, they can be sold Percy Faith."

Coppage's prescription for Lynn: "Visit a honky-tonk, or take a dip in Webb Pierce's guitar-shaped pool."

Number of slickly-produced Lynn Anderson Columbia LPs on my shelf: two.

(Suggested by The Fat Guy.)

Posted at 7:12 AM to Tongue and Groove

The late Chris LeDoux's greatest hits CD (which, I am ashamed to say, I didn't buy until he became "the late Chris LeDoux") includes a duet with JBJ.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:09 AM on 14 April 2006

I'm quite sure I never told you that I used to have a serious crush on Jon Bon Jovi's hair.


And I was shocked at the cross over, too, but then I saw the video. It's not country, even if that chick is singing with him. Rock with a twang, yeah, but not country. Still, it is a catchy tune.

Posted by: Jennifer at 2:08 PM on 14 April 2006

Re-reading this post I just noticed another LeDoux connection. "If you can't tell your Brooks from your Dunn" is a line in another one of his songs.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:06 AM on 16 April 2006