The country music tent has grown very large in recent years, and I enjoy almost all of it. Vince Gill has some great blues chops; Nickel Creek progressively pushes bluegrass boundaries; Zac Brown Band recalls Skynard and the Allmans; and Toby/Trace/Keith frequently release rock songs. I even heard Lucinda Williams referred to recently as a country artist.
But now and again its nice to hear a good ole throwback country song, with plaintive emotion, steel guitars, a good story, and just the right amount of twang. Carrie Underwood gets it right with her recent cover of Randy Travis’ 1980’s hit “I Told You So“.