Garth Brooks came to our Mid-State Fair two years ago and, obviously, it was a Big Fucking Deal. It sold out almost immediately and Garth added another show because of it. I was, happily, at a lake in Virginia at the time and didn't have to deal with any of it. However, our business is a fair sponsor so all of our employees were practically frothing at the mouth to get tickets through the sponsorship. I was waiting for cage matches to start, to be honest.
I am, personally, not a big fan of country music. The old stuff is nostalgic to me but, man, my Dad used to drag us to bluegrass festivals when I was young and I really hated them. I've probably seen all the big names but I just remember being bored out of my mind the entire time. I probably wasn't allowed to bring a book so that had a lot to do with it. See, Dad was a musician himself. He played at bars in college (loved the folk scene) and basically played his whole life because he loved it and he was good at it. When I say he played John Denver all the time, I mean he played the guitar himself and sang the songs himself. So Dad played and Mom had the radio on all the time growing up... thus... music everywhere.
I love music, I got that from my parents, and while I'm no big fan of country as a whole, I love history and how things tie together. And a good song is a good song. Period. I was actually pretty excited to see Gram Parsons in this because for as little time as he was around, well, he did bring Emmylou into country and... has anyone watched the Keith Richards: Under the Influence doc on Netflix? He goes to the Opry and is looking at the exhibits there and is asked if he has a Nudie suit. Keith does. Gram gave it to him. Keith was already a lover of all music but Gram really opened the doors for him with country. (They have the picture of Gram with Keith and mention 'Wild Horses.') Listen to 'The Worst.' That is a country song. It couldn't be anything else.
I had no idea about Townes Van Zant before watching this. Wow. As much as I love the various versions of 'Pancho and Lefty' hearing Townes do it somehow makes the words clearer. What a writer.