The last thing, well maybe second to last, that folks who listen to Thanatos would expect is a record solely dedicated to covers of country music.
But if you all think a second you might understand that Thanatos is a hop, skip and a jump from country music. Not the fucking Confederate flag waving douchebag version. Not the Toby Keith's or other flag waving pricks but the old school country AND the new folks whose focus isn't on yammering about the South rising again but but on writing good songs.
Growing up in South Florida country wasn't a thing. It really wasn't. It was pretty much the least cool thing you could listen to. It was what toothless Florida crackers putting together rides at the county fair listened to. Frankly, that time period was a painful period for country. Even country greats were putting out super shitty music in the 1980s (not all of them but many). I heard records by Waylon Jennings from that period and thought "why do people think this fucker is good". I regret didn't think to go back just a handful of years to when he really WAS good.
Even so, there were country music performers that reached out to young punk rockers like me. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson (although I missed the good Waylon stuff...I did hear "Red Headed Stranger"). There were also songs that just leapt out by Glen Campbell and Marty Robbins. These didn't sound like what we associated with "country", at least not to me. They sounded like pop music or like the big band music my mom listened to.
So, even back then, my teenage, and tweenage, brain understood that "country" wasn't one thing. Hell, now I even look back at the hilarious youngsters who embraced the urban cowboy thing. They were usually from NYC and I knew one guy whose parents were from ENGLAND but they dressed like they were heading out to rope a "dogie". I thought they were idiots at the time but , really, was it any different from my having my hair stand on end and wearing a garbage bag to school?
Genres are just marketing tools. What is good is good and most genres have good and bad in them. This record is my homage to country and my belief is that these songwriters are among the best.
NEXT, A SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN OF THE RECORD.