Anderson East, a well-regarded east Nashville Americana artist who is signed to Dave Cobb’s record label, decided to take to Twitter late Thursday night, and spell out exactly how he felt about Garth’s attempt at musical subterfuge that he witnessed first hand from the CMA gallery.
Anderson East may be once removed from mainstream country, yet being a well-known artist and the beau of Miranda Lambert gives Anderson’s opinion quite a bit more weight than your average troll spouting off on Twitter.
Depending on who you ask, he only wrote one song: “Love Me Tender.” However, Elvis did not write the music, and the song sounds a lot like the Civil War song “Aura Lee.” He is listed as co-writer on a few other songs, but his actual contribution was probably very little.
Still, what he’s done is brought these songs together and played them in this new style, or emphasized that style, in an exciting way.
Through the hillbilly music of the 1920s, the honky-tonk of the Forties and Fifties, the Bakersfield movement of the Sixties, bluegrass, Western swing, outlaw and contemporary pop, country songs still continue to break our hearts.
Like no other musical genre, country stories of loss and heartbreak turn the old “tear in my beer” cliché into a sad, salty reality.
Miranda later agreed with Anderson via his Instagram page. But when you look at the country music Entertainer of the Year, you hope to see someone who would be more inspiring of truly world-class entertainer qualities, and still be able to turn in a solid performance, even with a weak voice on little rest.
Independent artists like Anderson East are tasked to do that many nights, and make the best of their God-given talent without leaning on technology.
Sun released ten of these songs as singles in the mid 50s; His debut album from 1956 on RCA Victor collected some of the others.
This is a great collection, even with the less than stellar environment and recording equipment at Sun at the time.
The genre did not start with an one single recording, but rather evolved naturally as combination of blues, jazz, swing, gospel, and folk music.