Ridley Bent - Buckles & Boots
If you’ve been riding the Bus for any time you know that I am a fan of country music, up to a point. That point would be around 1958 and the formation of the Country Music Association (CMA).
The CMA was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre; a chamber of commerce for country music, if you will. By the mid-1970s the CMA had succeeded at its goal of modeling country music into commercially viable pop music with a twang and a cowboy hat. By the 1980s the transition was complete. Stockbrokers on Wall Street were wearing cowboy hats and pointy-toed, high-heeled boots and line dancing to the latest hits carefully assembled in Nashville.
Despite the CMA’s years of homogination and pasteurization, good country music is still flourishing in enclaves around North America. For the past few decades the western prairies of Alberta have been the center of country music in Canada thanks in part to the work and influence of Ian Tyson.
Like so many mid-continent youth, Alberta’s latest generation of country artists are moving to the coast. Vancouver is becoming Canada’s new hotbed of country music with artists originally from Alberta such as Corb Lund, Kent McAlister, and Ridley Bent taking the music of the dusty prairies to the more cosmopolitan setting of Vancouver.
Ridley Bent found his way to Vancouver and a job as a security guard. He passed the solitary hours lost in the pages of John Steinbeck and Louis L’Amour. These classic storytellers and an appreciation for the timeless country music of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams provided the inspiration for his own take on country music.
Ridley Bent’s wild stories of desperados, fallen rodeo stars, a high school drug sting gone bad, and an assortment of society’s misfits are filled with humor and unexpected twists backed by a tight country band. Buckles & Boots is real country music for the real world times of today.
Artist: Ridley Bent
Label: Open Road Recordings
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