Mr Mod has long been mystified by country music, as the following statements on the public record indicate:
- It all sounds the same.
- Can’t they get over the heartbreak and disappointment already?
- How can such a long-time, deep genre never have produced an interesting drum or bass fill?
- Elvis Costello’s self-penned country numbers, like “Motel Matches,” are the best country songs ever…because he lets the rhythm section play cool parts.
- Some of those country cats are so good that they might as well just play rock ‘n roll.
“I don’t want to get bogged down in defending or explaining my long-held feelings about this genre,” Mr Mod continued. “I suspect the problem is with me, not them.”
Mod explained that he first saw Jimmie Dale Gilmore on a late-night show when he first came out. “It was the late-’80s or early-’90s, right? This skinny guy came on with that weird voice. He made me think of Buddy Holly and what his music would have sounded like had he lived long enough to become a country artist.”
The founder of Rock Town Hall wanted to be clear: “I’m cool with rock ‘n rollers getting old and shifting gears down into country music.”
“So yeah,” he continued, “from the opening track ‘Dallas’ through ballads like ‘Just a Wave, Not the Water’ Gilmore grabs me. I like the fact that his voice straddles that line between annoying and cool. The band always hits the mark on their rhythms. The slide guitar or pedal steel guitar – or whatever instrument makes those noises – never sound canned. I like the fact, too, that his lyrics have imagery that is not reliant on knowledge of rural settings and lifestyles.”
The World’s Biggest Fan of “Satisfaction” closed with this ringing endorsement: “People who don’t get what’s special about country music should check this album out! If you’re like me, you may still have trouble listening to other country records, but you may come back to this one.”
When told that Don’t Look for a Heartache is a compilation of songs from his first 2 albums, Fair and Square and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mr Moderator said, “Oh. Well, in that case I practically like 2 country albums.”