Friday, August 2, 2013

Clash on Broadway: Rethinking the Honky-Tonk Canon in Light of Recent Events

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

So I went down to the Newport Folk Festival lat weekend — which was super-rad and you should definitely try to attend — and one of things that struck me was just how many of the acts had come out of the DIY scene and still exhibited a punk rock ethos. John McCauley, Frank Turner, The Mountain Goats — all of 'em with punk roots showing pretty clearly in the Folk Festival setting. And then I got home and my newsfeed was filled with the cops vs. musician kerfuffle on Broadway. (Well, that and the Family Wash's string of shit luck.) While I do understand and sympathize with the position of the police — Lower Broad is a crazy place filled with crazy people, and it's easy to see how things can escalate quickly, and sussing out the intentions of drunkards isn't all that simple — but I've never had a musician steal my weed and charge me with possession, so I'm on the musicians' side in this one. And I'm definitely not siding with the cabbies, because Nashville cabbies are the worst. I don't even have the time to get into all my complaints about Nashville cabbies; we'd be here for weeks.

But all that got me thinking — may be it's time to update the honky-tonk canon. For the most part, it's the same songs every time, with the same sentiments and a relatively small segment of recorded music's history being represented. But awesome things happen when you expand the repertoire! Like that time I saw Heath Haynes make a crowd of wasted SEC basketball fans freak the fuck out over "I Wanna be Your Dog." And let's face it, at this point in history punk rock is pretty much a non-stop nostalgia trip — which makes it a perfect fit for Lower Broad!

Maybe if we rejigger the canon, tensions won't run so high at the end of the night, or maybe tensions will run so high that we bring the beach to Lower Broad. Either way, it's better than another shitty version of "Margaritaville." So let's delve into my suggestions for updating the playlists on Lower Broad. Feel free to drop your own in the comments section.

* Duh.

* "Police, Police / Bring back the friendly police" seems like a rather pleasant proposition, doesn't it?

* Maybe all parties involved need to just come together and hug it out. We're all somebody, right?

* The kids just wanna play, man, if they gotta park on the street, they just don't care.

* This would probably be a closer, a nice mantra to get you from the door to the car without causing any "vandalism."

(And yes, this is just an attempt to regain some cred after yesterday's transgressions.)

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