My increasing fondness of hillbilly music is something curious and unexpected. I’ve always resented crap country worse than any other genres, but it’s starting to look like that was blinding me from a really deep, interesting roster of honest to goodness Amurican Music. This one is Jonny Corndawg, and it’s really good.
The get-up is well done too, but like Edward Sharp/Alex Ebert once said on NPR — it’s a marketing gimmick, really. An honest one, which is fine by me. I like my music — especially my hillbilly music — to come with hard work, too, and he resume is well done. From the concert description of his upcoming DC show at Red Palace:
Jonny Corndawg is a country singer, not a singer-songwriter. Born in Montana, raised in rural Virginia, Corndawg has been touring on his motorcycle since he dropped out of school in 2001. He’s played shows in every U.S. state, Canada and eleven European countries, Australia, Argentina and India. But you won’t find him on CMT. His music is more in the vein of that obscure ‘70s gay country that housewives would discover on a Bear Family reissue in twenty years. In addition to pursuing the lost art of the Real Deal, Corndawg is an airbrushing, leather-working, marathon-running, truck-driving American. Born and Bred.
And besides it’s hard to argue with this pipe:
And as an added bonus — the new album is on the $5 amazon list.