Monday, May 30, 2005

Needed: A Country Music Trope

This morning, the Butcher and I were sitting around watching TV and wishing that Comcast would devise some way for us to reorder our channels so that all of the music video channels would be right together on the dial, when on came Gary Allan, who is this country music singer who's not quite a star. This got me thinking that there are quite a few people like Allan (like Blake Shelton), who aren't megastars, but who you can count on to deliver good song after good song after good song. I told the Butcher that, if country music were like baseball and Allan were on my team, I'd have him batting third. He's not got the explosive speed of, say, a Big & Rich, so you don't want him batting first or second. And he's not a heavy-hitter like Tim McGraw. But you can count on him to consistantly get on base. If he were in professional wresting, he'd be a solid mid-carder, someone you can count on to give consistantly good matches, but just doesn't yet have the size, charisma, or proper persona to be at the top of the card. But there must already be a term for artists like this.

2 Comments:

Blogger Steve Pick said...

The correct music critic lexicon term would be "journeyman." Not that I'm in favor of that. I much prefer clever baseball and wrestling metaphors.

5/31/2005 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Journeyman? Ugh. I was hoping for something a little catchier. Still, I'm glad you knew and could tell me.

5/31/2005 05:58:00 PM  

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