Norman Geras is taking a page out of John Hawkin’s book. He is conducting a poll of the Top 15 Country Music Stars of all time for which he’s soliciting e-mailed answers. I’ll compile and send mine later.
He also remarks on a poll for the Best German of All Time (run by The Guardian of all places).
Update (1600): My entrants, in no particular order. I’m likely forgetting somebody I like.
Hank Williams, Sr.
Hank Williams, Jr.
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Robert Earl Keen
These things are getting silly. Why not a contest to find the best German country singer?
k.d. lang once reported that when she told people she was a country singer, they asked “What country?”
OK, I try to just lurk but: Garth Brooks? That’s not music, that’s advertising.
Heh. I didn’t like the Chris Gaines thing and the last album was pretty mediocre. But he’s arguably one of the two or three most important figures in country music history. He put country back into the mainstream in the 1990s and was the first nationwide cross-over act that played traditional country.
Only one woman James??????
Still being a sexist pigdog?
(ouch, my cheek hurts)