It's the big weekend. Beer will be consumed. T-Shirts and hats will be purchased. High technology will be employed. And...those cars will go very, very fast.
Yes, it's the weekend of the Daytona 500.
To say that I'm a big fan of NASCAR would be, well, a lie. I don't hate it or anything, nor do I look down my nose at fans of the sport. It's just not something I grew up around. On the other hand, I am an American male, meaning that it's hard for me to resist big, noisy cars goin' fast. Hell, yea!
Like a lot of cultural things, stereotypes about fans of NASCAR are flung freely. Heck, my mention of beer being swilled is probably a stereotype, though I've got some relatives on The Wife's side who will definitely be partaking of a few "cornflakes in a can" (as Archie Bunker used to say).
So, is the NASCAR fans' love of country music a stereotype too? Probably not. So this morning I decided to listen to a country record that breaks with the 'modern tradition' of having the life compressed out of it. For all of the technology used to make stock cars blister, Martina McBride's Timeless uses old technology to sound absolutely wonderful.
John McBride, from the liner notes:
- Martina and I were striving for an authentic sound for this album. We used only 3 microphones newer than 1968 on this project, a 1953 Gretsch Round Badge Kit., and no guitars or guitar amps newer than 1965. We stayed in the analogue domain for 99% of this record. No digital plug-ins were ever used, only real outboard equipment for compression, EQ, etc., and very little at that. The album was mastered to 1" tape and hopefully the difference is audible.
So if you'd like to hear McBride do fine justice to the songs of Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Harlan Howard, Buddy Holly, Buck Owens & and others...check this record out.
I've gotta say, I haven't heard "I Can't Stop Loving You", "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden", or "Make The World Go Away" in years. Very cool stuff.
Now, about this NASCAR thing....who am I supposed to root for, being a person knowing nothing about it? C'mon, any NASCAR fans on Blogcritics?
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)