A few acts I didn't expect to see at coachella
ZZ Top … that surprised me. The '70s rockers were the favorites of the joint-puffing crowd in high school. All right, given that they're from Texas I can see why they'd be at Stagecoach.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Another surprise. I just thought they were a rockin' blues gang. Country? Hmm. Not in the day -- that is back in the '70s when I could listen to an earful of Alabama before tuning in the local AM hits station.
Honestly, though, there's a variation in country music. I've listened to it more in the last couple of years then I ever did growing up.
I was also a Sunday afternoon DJ at a country music station in central Pennsylvania after I got out of college to pick up a few extra dollars. It supplemented my stint as a radio news guy.
Country music has a recognizable sound but it doesn't have just one sound. It's become more of a blend than ever and the line between country and pop is quite blurry. I wonder how recognizable the genre will be in the next few years.
The genre is potent. An article last year in the New York Times put country music as the Number 1 Music Format.
Given the broadening appeal of country music, I guess ZZ Top and George Thorogood slip into the definition, sort of.
If you can't make it to Stagecoach here are a few video selections to enjoy.