Now, we all know that the ol' bobert ain't into the "bluey thingie" so I'll impose on someone who it to take care of that but my ol' buddy Steve Earle has written a sond entitled "John Walker's Blues" which is getting him a lot of unfavorable attention in Nashville.
Yep, according to an article in this morning's Washington Post by Richard Harrington entitle "Earle's Lindh Song Hits Sour Note in Nashville" bad boy Steve has gotten lawyer/morning radio show host Steve Gill of WTN-FM all upset for writing a song in the first person speaking as if Steve were Lindh himself. Gill says the song is going to be "offensive to a lot of Christains around the country."
The article goes on to point out that Bruce Springsteem has a song coming out on an soon to be released CD entitled "The Rising" which is written from the perspective of a suicide bomber.
My own feeling is that artist have not only a right but obligation to explore differing perspectives and, well, Steve will be Steve wheather it be writing form the perpsctive of a moonshiner, murderer, drug runner or a Taliban. That is what artist do.
I hope someone will come along and provide a link so other Catfolk will be able to read this article and decide for themselves which side of the fence they find themselves on.
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