This photo was posted yesterday on Brad Paisley’s
Facebook. (click photo to enlarge)
As I stood on the stage at the CMA’s last week clutching a glass trophy and fighting back tears, it occurred to me why I am so proud to do this for a living. See, country music is unique. It is brave. It is not afraid to deal head on with subjects like disease, death, religion, drinking, family or anything else that qualifies as life. It isn’t above its fans. It is about them. It is the soundtrack to my life, and probably yours. As its recording artists, we are given the dog-tags from family members of fans who die in battle for our country. We are there in song at the most impactful moments of our fans’ lives. We are loved unconditionally, and we are given loyalty beyond what we deserve. This is country music.