Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell and the New Yorker, I’ve finally come to fully appreciate the difference between George Jones and George Strait. I’m a huge fan of country music and Americana, but somehow I’ve remained fuzzy on these two guys. Of course, I prefer the “hard-living, dissolute megastar” to the “contented, golf-obsessed businessman.”
Who would have guessed that Malcolm Gladwell was such a huge country music fan? He actually suggests that the answer to our polarized politics may be for the folks on the coasts to listen to more country songs like this one, written by the great Bobby Braddock…
Maybe he’s right!