Monday, February 9, 2015
Last stand at the KIC Country corral
Friday was my last shift on 89.9 KIC Country. It's been a year and a month of the most eye-opening experience in a radio career that's spanned five decades.
When I say "You like country music - you just don't know it yet", it's not just a promotional platitude. I was vaguely familiar with old school country when I started at KIC, but I had no idea of the hip, accessible nature of modern country music. Artists like Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Sugarland and the Band Perry have brought country music out of the sticks and into the broader cultural mainstream. Self-appointed purists and other critics might say the genre has sold out, but on the road to success, mass appeal leaves "cool" in the dust every time.
It's also been invigorating to discover so many new artists after playing and listening to the same classic rock records for most of the last 40 years. Not to denigrate classic rock - it's one of music's most enduring genres, and has enormous influence and respect among modern country artists. The Doobie Brothers and Motley Crue country collaboration albums and Gretchen Wilson's ongoing love affair with classic rock are proof enough of that.
KIC Country exposed me to a brand of music and a lifestyle that otherwise would have passed me by, and for that I'm forever grateful. Thanks for listening, and keep on supporting KIC Country, because they deserve it.