‘All About Dat Beard’
Posted on 12.25.16 by Danny Glover @ 5:28 pm

A Facebook friend shared a music video parody called “All About Dat Beard” in my news feed today. Posting it here seems like a good follow-up to my decision to don beard ornaments last night. Merry Christmas to all you fellow long-bearded men — and to your “better halves” who hate your facial hair!

Filed under: Culture and Just For Laughs and Music and Redneck Humor and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video
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The Sad Life Of Being A W.Va. Expatriate
Posted on 11.29.16 by Danny Glover @ 7:16 pm

It periodically occurs to me, as it did when I heard this song, that I’ve now lived more of my life outside West Virginia than in it. That makes me sad.

Filed under: Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video and West Virginia
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Farewell ‘High-Tech Redneck’ George Jones
Posted on 04.27.13 by Danny Glover @ 12:10 am

This morning as my Facebook feed filled with the news that country music legend George Jones had died at age 81, my mind drifted to his 1993 hit song “High-Tech Redneck.” I am one, so the song is perfect fodder for this blog as a tribute to Jones. But as you watch the video and listen to the lyrics, think about how outdated the high-tech redneck of 1993 is today:

Did you catch the size of the headphones on the dog in that video and the cell phone that Jones pulls out at the end? What about the talk of VCRs, cassette tapes and CB radios? Or the reference to a “plugged in” bumpkin? Any redneck celebrating those “advances” today most definitely would fall into the bumpkin category!

Filed under: History and Music and News & Politics and People and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Rednecks and Video
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‘Redneck In A Fancy Restaurant’
Posted on 11.05.09 by Danny Glover @ 1:56 pm

That’s the setting of the new video for the song “Hillbilly Bone,” by country singers Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton:

I despise the video’s emphasis on booze and drunkenness, but I love the underlying message of the song: “We all got a hillbilly bone down deep inside. No matter where you’re from, you just can’t hide it.”

It echoes the theme of this blog as captured in the conclusion to my essay “Rednecks Rule“:

Yes, some rednecks are dirt poor, wear hand-me-downs, and have atrocious habits and manners. But others are stinkin’ rich, array themselves in the finest of garments and religiously heed the counsel of Miss Manners. What we all share are a common-sense approach to life and a passion for the simple things.

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Livin’ The Future
Posted on 07.10.09 by Danny Glover @ 7:06 pm

I heard Brad Paisley’s new song “Welcome To The Future” on the radio for the first time this evening and couldn’t wait to get home to see if I could find a version to post to the blog. Here’s what I found:

I hope Paisley, who will be performing near us on July 25, releases an official music video soon. The storyline is made for video.

Paisley is one of my favorite musicians. He’s just a few years younger than me, and his hometown (Glen Dale, W.Va.) is about a half-hour from mine (Paden City). I love songs like “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “I’m Still A Guy,” “Letter To Me,” “Mud On The Tires” and “Ticks,” because they remind me of my youth in the great Mountain State.

“Welcome To The Future” reminds me of how blessed I am to be living when “every day is a revolution.” I especially love the closing verse:

I had a friend in school,
Running back on a football team.
They burned a cross in his front yard
For asking out the homecoming queen.

I thought about him today,
Everybody who’s seen what he’s seen,
From a woman on a bus
To a man with a dream.

That allusion to how far America has come in race relations in the past 50 years was even more powerful because it was totally unexpected after the lighthearted and technologically oriented lyrics of the first two verses.

Filed under: History and Human Interest and Music and People and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and West Virginia
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A Song For ‘Intelligent Rednecks’
Posted on 04.01.09 by Danny Glover @ 9:41 am

As the father of two young daughters, I love the country tune “Cleaning This Gun,” where the father cleans his gun and lectures his daughter’s date as the boy waits for her to finish getting ready. I love it even more after reading singer Rodney Atkins’ description of the song:

“Cleaning [This] Gun” is like a funny joke that is true. That could have been really just a dumb redneck kind of song, but the songwriters — Casey Beathard and Marla Cannon — took a very intelligent approach to that idea.

You know, dad’s out there joking — “I’ll be cleaning my gun when my daughter goes out there on her date.” They took the intelligent approach about it, with the speeches that you go through — the speeches that we really all should remember, but we don’t. They’re all very important things, but yet when it comes to your little girl, you’re going to remember that speech.

My audience, I think, is intelligent rednecks, so that’s who I was singing to.

“Intelligent redneck” — sounds kinda like “enlightened redneck.” Works for me.

I’d never actually try an intimidation stunt like cleaning my gun before my daughters’ dates, but I do love the message of the song: Mess with my daughters, and you mess with me. Enjoy the video:

Filed under: Family and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Rednecks and Video
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Rascal Flatts: ‘Life Is A Highway’
Posted on 01.30.09 by Danny Glover @ 4:42 pm

Filed under: Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video
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Luke Bryan: ‘Country Man’
Posted on 01.23.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:12 am

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Joe Diffie: ‘Pickup Man’
Posted on 01.17.09 by Danny Glover @ 7:34 pm

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Little Big Town: ‘Boondocks’
Posted on 01.13.09 by Danny Glover @ 7:42 pm

I could listen to this song over and over again even after hearing it repeatedly when it was popular last year. It reminds me of my home and the way I was raised (minus the hypocrisy of playing five-card poker on Saturday night before I went to church on Sunday morning).

Filed under: Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video
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