Bro Country Is Still Selling This Year

But Turn to the Gospel of Willie for Some Perspective

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by managing editor Calvin Gilbert.)

In times of country music turmoil, you can always turn to the gospel according to Willie.

While a few signs have been signaling the possible decline of bro country, perspective can be found in a short chapter Willie Nelson wrote more than 40 years ago.

Brothers and sisters, please turn to the page with the lyrics of one of his more obscure songs, “Sad Songs and Waltzes,” where one of country music’s true apostles tells us about composing “a true song as real as my tears.”

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