Given the slick and shlocky stuff that pervades the radio, music that goes by the name “country” is likely to elicit only rolled eyeballs and guttural groans. But it’s worth remembering that country music isn’t all kitsch. Some musicians (I think of Johnny Cash and Gillian Welch) manage country music’s story-telling tradition with authenticity and bonafide pathos.
Los Angeles-based “I See Hawks in LA” gets to the story-telling, too. If you’re the kind of person who likes a song that begins, “She was born in a school-bus on the Blue Ridge Parkway,” you might want to check out their stuff, here. Also worth checking out is their blog, In the Nest and on the Road.