Picks and Pans Review: America's Music: the Roots of Country
In this six-hour C&W lovefest (which continues on June 9 and 16 at 7 p.m. ET), everyone who's dead gets eulogized by everyone who's half dead, and everyone who's half dead gets eulogized by whoever else happens to have a big hat handy. There's some great footage of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, etc., but in this homage to an idiom that has never been shy about patting itself on the back, it would have been nice to hear a discouraging word or two about the current homogenization of country music. Yet the closest anyone comes to criticizing all those bland drugstore cowboys who've driven the old-timers off the charts is Haggard: "I hear a lot of people in tune, and I hear a lot of perfect records, but I don't hear a lot of emotion." As usual, Merle sounds the right note.