In the good old days, country music was about drinking, heartache, and work. Farmers, coal miners and factory workers unionized and country music was their tonic. Folk heroes Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl, Phil Ochs took their working-class blues and made them into anthems of solidarity. Now that the unions have all but disappeared, their children live in subdivisions and trailer parks, and their blue-collars have turned to the light blue of the clerical and retail worlds. Likewise, children of white-collar workers have found themselves living in run-down city apartments and houses on the edge of town, working the light blue collar industries for barely more than minimum wage. These two classes are economically similar, but often on opposite ends of the political fence.
Trapped between the middle class and the working class themselves, the members of Shinola are traditional disenfranchised ex-bourgeois intellectuals presuming knowledge of the true needs of the working class. However, we are not so vain as to organize a political party, enscribe massive ideological tomes, or arm the masses. We merely want to put banjos, fiddles, and heartbreak back into country music.
But sometimes we just want to rock out. So don't hold us to all this.
So what about God?
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