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chet w Kenny Rogers (22) RE: Kenny Rogers 23 Mar 98


I would probably have had nothing to say about Ol' Kenny except that, when performing, I always get requests for his songs (and Jimmy Buffet's) and people get MAD sometimes when you say you don't do any of his songs. They're figuring "you have a guitar. you must be lying. you just don't want to do it for me." I do have a problem with the quality of his writing. Not that every song has to be a masterpiece or a bit of great art, but when you start with lines like "everybody knew he was the coward of the county" you know what the rest of the story is going to be. There's nothing to look forward to, unless you're a person who just really does not want to be surprised. There is a tradition of great poetry in country music (look at the real and only Hank Williams) and good stories and much emotion. I would like to keep calling my music country music, and let Kenny and Garth Brooks come up with a new name for what they do. If anyone would like to defend the literary quality of Achy Breaky Heart, regardless of the fact that it might be fun to dance to, particularly after a number of beers, I would dearly love to hear it.

Venting, venting some more, Chet W.


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