Welcome to my blog dedicated to country music- both new and old! With all of the bro country (or tractor rap or hillbilly hip hop, whatever you wanna call it) on the radio these days, I wanted to create a space to talk about some of the country music that either isn’t getting played on the radio or has been long forgotten. Seriously, when’s the last time you heard Cash, Hank, Willie, Merle, or my personal favorite, Waylon, on the radio? Admittedly, I am not an expert on country music or blogging nor am I a professional writer of any sort, which should be obvious. But what I am is a diehard country music fan, looking to share my thoughts with anyone who’s willing to read them, and hopefully explore some good country music along the way.
What this Blog Is (And What It Ain’t)
This blog is first and foremost a place for me to share my thoughts on country music- be it old classics that I am rediscovering or just now discovering for the first time, reminiscing on the songs that I grew up with (shout out to 90s country), or shedding light on new artists that could use a little attention. Country music is the soundtrack to my life- I’ve rarely had a life event or an emotion that didn’t have a corresponding country song to perfectly articulate what I was going through. In this blog, I will discuss some of those experiences.
What I won’t be doing in this blog is focusing on the personal lives of country artists- this isn’t a gossip column. Instead, this blog is dedicated to the music. I’m sure you’re thinking that today’s chart toppers won’t be mentioned but don’t worry, I’ll still write about the contemporary guys and gals from time to time.
In Defense of Country Music
I also wanted to write this blog in defense of country music. If I had a nickel for every time someone said “I like every type of music….except for country” I might actually be able to afford a house in D.C. I think that a lot of people are turned off of country music because they think it’s just a crying guitar and some sad guy singing about his pickup truck, his dog dying, and how his woman has done run off and left him. But for me, country music is so much more. It’s the well-crafted, fine-tuned, perfectly strung together lyrics and melodies from my favorite artists. It’s Conway and Loretta’s playful banter in their duets, it’s Waylon and Willie warning mothers about the outlaw way of life knowing all too well how dangerous it can be, it’s telling your boss to “take this job and shove it,” and it’s Dolly’s appreciation for a coat that her momma sewed just for her. And yes, sometimes country music is about tough subjects like love and loss, which only makes sense, because who hasn’t turned to music to help mend a broken heart or to find healing during hard times?
Behind the Name
As you can guess from the name, I live in the Washington Metropolitan area. I wanted a name that not only gives people a sense of what I am writing about but also where I am writing from. I racked my brain over what to call this thing- Dixie in the District, Country in the Capital (which is my tagline for now), Dixie Chicken (emphasizing the shared D.C. abbreviation), and District of Country. I settled on Beltway Boots for a couple of reasons- alliteration being one and it ticked off the boxes of showing both geographical location and theme. I also just thought it sounded good!
I hope you all enjoy this blog and please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, etc. All I ask is that you be respectful- remember, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
Spoiler Alert: I’m a proud member of the (Eric) Church Choir so he is gonna get talked about A LOT! You’ve been warned.
Currently listening to: Loretta Lynn- “You’re Lookin’ At Country“