During those long-ago days when I was a lad, if you lived in a town large enough, there were local TV shows showing both kinds of music — country and western — and if you didn’t, there were lots of syndicated shows with the same fare, often airing Saturday afternoon so Dad could watch while you sat there missing whatever sportsball was on. Production values were slightly better than this:
Live in Nashville, this past spring. Who are these guys? Let us turn to SavingCountryMusic.com, which happily endorses such cultural throwbacks:
Country Side of Harmonica Sam is Peter Andersson (pedal steel), Ulrik Jansson (upright bass), Patrik Malmros (drums), Johan Bandling Melin (lead guitar/harmony vocals) and Harmonica Sam (lead vocals/rhythm guitar).
Um, yeah. Swedish guys. This is what you’d have heard if ABBA had grown up listening to Hank, or maybe Ernest Tubb. First person who whines about Cultural Appropriation is invited to step outside.