My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Things Are Tough All Over

barackobama2I just finished watching President-elect Barack Obama give a speech at George Mason University – ok, I admit, I only caught it because it pre-empted the Price Is Right. But I still watched and listened intently as the future leader of the free world apparently had something to say.

During his 20 minute speech, he talks about his plans for our struggling economy and his unprecedented policy for fixing it. I won’t go into what I think the speech was about, because honestly, I didn’t understand all of it. But one quote that did stand out to me was when the President-elect said “A world that depends on the strength of our economy is now watching and waiting for America to lead once more. And that is what we will do.” The rest of it sounded a lot of like what I learned of the FDR New Deal programs in the 1930s. And that really brings home the seriousness of the situation our country is facing to someone who’s only heard horror stories of the Great Depression as depicted in movies and novels. Things are certainly tough all over.

So what country star would you like to hear write and/or sing a song about the looming financial crisis?

P.S. You can’t say Alan Jackson. Let’s be original here.

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11 responses to “Things Are Tough All Over

  1. Felipe January 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Chelly Wright is a great songwriter. I think she would do a great job on here. She could be back with a song about, and it could put her on the scene again…

    But I could write a song too, and deliver to Carrie sing it and make it a big hit. (I really need some money, and things are tough all over, as the topic says… hehe)

  2. Chris D. January 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Hmmm… Jamey Johnson? I just got his newest album, and I’m impressed with his songs, I think he could do a great job. For some reason, Miranda Lambert also springs to mind but I’m not quite sure why.

  3. KathyP January 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Darn, Chris. You beat me to it. Was thinking Jamey Johnson, as well. Something like “Back to Black and White.”

  4. J.R. Journey January 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Johnson is a great choice, but I think Dolly Parton would also have a lot to say about what’s going on and how she’d fix it if she put pen to paper.

  5. Steve from Boston January 9, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Yeah, Jamey Johnson for sure…

    But I’d also add Brad Paisley…

    He did an awesome cover of Barbara Mandrell’s “TImes Like These” on a tribute album a few years back, and that along with his own down to earth songwriting sensibilities, make me think he would be the perfect artist for such a song.

  6. Leeann Ward January 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hmmm…sorry…did I miss the Alan Jackson song about the looming financial crisis?:)

    I’d love to see what Vince Gill could come up with. I think his heart would be right for a song like this.

    Speaking of things being tough all over, I also think Gary Allan might as well write a song too. No reason in particular though.

  7. Meg January 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Dolly, Miranda, Jamey Johnson — all good. How ’bout Ronnie Dunn? I could hear Reba singing something on the subject even if she didn’t write it.

  8. Julia January 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Gary Allan or Jamey Johnson–cuz they both tell it like it is

  9. Matt B. January 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Rory Feek of Joey+Rory. Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill could write great stuff too. Songwriter Marcus Hummon can write some damn good songs too.

  10. Paul W Dennis January 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Probably Del McCoury could write a meaningful song, also Dallas Frazier, if he could be lured out of retirement.

    Obama has a unique, but dangerous situation ahead of him and he will need cooperation from Republicans and Democrats to get it straightened out, which is appropriate since since both parties contributed heavily to the economic mess. It is fashionable to blame Bush alone for the problems, but Bill Clinton and Barney Frank and others have much to answer for, and some of the problems were beyond the control of any one person or even any one nation

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