This year what was I going to do? How was I going to be involved?
The call came from the Simon Mayo show. They had been tasked with doing an hour of Country Music and they knew I was a big fan.
Brilliant. I love Nashville and couldn't wait to board that plane.....
An hour is no time to squeeze all the interviews and the tunes in. Still we managed it with Simon as ringmaster. I managed to get a few country-related anecdotes and facts in. Hopefully in the proceeds we whetted a few appetites and converted a few people to the idea that Country music is not just a series of US clichés, that it has a message, that it reflects a culture and is also to an extent a state of mind.
My Country Epiphany came driving through Arizona listening to Tri-state Country KFLG "K-FLAG".
I maintained that hearing it in it's natural setting aided understanding and appreciation. Although I wasn't going to take issue with the assertion that it can also sound good driving up the M6 on a rainy Thursday afternoon!
Well, I would say that wouldn't I?
Yur durned tootin'!