Country is all about authenticity—so everything well constructed,
tight, beautiful, a studio project of exquisite delicacy has, these
days, seem genuine while have no roughness. Everything about an album,
the drum fills, the lyrics, the guitars and pedal steel—have to appear
to be “country” while not smelling at all like horse shit. They cannot
say anything new, but they cannot appear too hackneyed—and they have
to have a narrative, a simple one—of de...