OFFSTAGE: One Fan’s Trash, Another Fan’s Treasures

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Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. And wrong. In my personal opinion, this list of “Five Country Songs We Won’t Miss” in the Nashville Scene is all wrong. There are plenty of songs I’d like to forget from this year, even this decade. But these are not them. These are some of the really good ones from the past year, in my opinion. Like Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama.” The magazine is criticizing it, among other reasons, because it paints an unrealistic picture of women who are in the mood for love after hearing Alabama’s music. I know that’s a far-fetched notion, but I’d rather have my music have more fantasy than reality. They also have Justin Moore’s cover of Rhett Akins’ “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” on the list. “This isn’t a country song; it’s murder by Kleenex,” they say. And that’s a bad thing? Another one on the list is Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup.” Now, I know that being featured on Glee (as it was earlier this week when Sam Evans, played by Chord Overstreet, performed it) is hardly a barometer of artistic merit, but come on. You can’t deny how catchy this one is. I realize it’s not deep or bittersweet or really all that clever. But in a sea of songs about falling in love, it’s kind of refreshing to just have one that celebrates the famed plastic cup. And I’m sure the folks at Solo like it just fine, too.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.