Continuing the musical theme which has taken hold around here, there is one genre of popular music that I didn’t mention in my post the other day. It has many fans all over the world, but is a uniquely US phenomenon. I am, of course, referring to the occasionally cheesy, often maligned, but nevertheless richly varied and sometimes downright fantastic musical style that is Country and Western.

My dad was a huge country fan, so I guess that being exposed to the likes of Don Williams, Tammy Wynette, Billie Jo Spears and countless others during my formative years was bound to have some effect on me. I don’t really have guilty pleasures (I’m just not the type to get all guilt-ridden over simple harmless enjoyment) but if I had to lay claim to one, Country and Western music is probably it.

So, while I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve and risking a little disparagement from those who feel they may have more sophisticated musical tastes, here’s two or three classics to be going on with…