No country for young women

Much as I love Taylor Swift, she’s about as country these days as Rebecca Black, and the diehard traditionalists are asking “Are you sure Loretta done it this way?”

Which brings us to this point by a 15-year-old traditionalist, complete with Essential Video:

Williamson Branch is a bluegrass and country band from Nashville, and their 15-year-old fiddle and guitar player Melody Williamson recently wrote a song called “There’s No Country Here.” Despite her age, Music Row would be wise to remove themselves for their laundry list clatter and listen to what the future of country music has to say about where country music is headed.

And they’re not kidding when they say “future”: the youngest member of Williamson Branch is four.


  1. Jack Baruth »

    24 January 2014 · 5:48 pm

    The question is: What should country music be?

    I think a lot of John Mayer’s last two records would qualify. But there was pedal steel on the early Steely Dan stuff too…

    The stuff I don’t like, to paraphrase Chief Keef, is the crap-rock that gets sold as country (Brad Paisley is what I’m thinking of here).

    To my mind, those Seventies Kenny Rogers albums are country — but that was an affectation on his part, he came to country late.

  2. CGHill »

    24 January 2014 · 6:40 pm

    Rogers’ track record was just slightly off-kilter. As a New Christy Minstrel, he was folky; as leader of the First Edition, he was a little bit closer to country, though their breakout hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” was wildly psychedelicized. (Jerry Lee Lewis cut it first, but you have to figure that anything too wild for the Killer was too wild for anyone in Nashville, despite writer Mickey Newbury’s impeccable Music City credentials.)

    Of those later disks, I’m fondest of “Coward of the County,” the tale of a man who learns that some things are worth fighting for.

    And I’ll take a chance that you’ve heard Pinkard & Bowden’s “Music Industry,” a wicked parody of “Islands in the Stream,” which at least made some money for the Bee Gees.

  3. Jack Baruth »

    24 January 2014 · 7:04 pm

    Listening now.

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