Country Music Is Truth

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To help celebrate Country Music Month, we’ve asked some country music experts from all over America “what is country music to you?” This installment is from Steve Rixx. Steve is from a little town in deep east Texas called Lufkin.  He now works the afternoon drive, in Houston, on 100.3 KILT.

Trying to quantify “what country music is” to me is an easy, and also daunting task.  Let me get this out of the way up front, I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC!

plsr2011 01 Country Music Is Truth[Photos] Mark Chesnutt Closes The…I’ve been playing country music on the radio for more than 20 years.  Beginning with acts like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Garth Brooks[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Travis Tritt[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mark Chesnutt[/lastfm], and continuing until today with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Zac Brown Band[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jason Aldean[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Carrie Underwood[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Miranda Lambert[/lastfm].

Before that I was exposed to the country music that my parents listened to including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Merle Haggard[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ronnie Milsap[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bobby Bare[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mac Davis[/lastfm] and the list could go on and on.

Country music is undoubtedly American!  It is real, truth, honest, and unblinking.  Country music is a window into our souls, culture, beliefs and everyday lives.

Country music also exposes the pain, and suffering that parts of our society are dealing with.

Country music can help heal that pain and suffering.  I don’t believe that any other musical style, or format can do that as completely as country music can.  It’s helped heal me on several occasions, and I’m truly thankful.

Country music is… you and me.

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