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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008, 1:01 A.M.

OrangeTV Review: Country Music

Several years ago, I took a pop music history class and developed a new appreciation for the original, old-timey country sound. I discovered the various joys of the original singing cowboys and the unhinged croon of Hank Williams, the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves and the rockabilly spunk of Johnny Cash and early Elvis. At the time, I was working in a convenience store where the owner kept the radio dial glued permanently to the mainstream country station. Although I felt strong in my belief that modern Country was musically overproduced, lyrically clichéd and painfully cloying, the endless repetitiveness of the playlist gradually, involuntarily sucked me in to the point that I knew every word of “Redneck Woman” by heart and found myself giddy with excitement upon the opening notes of “I Love This Bar”/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here

Question: Which country music song -- or musician -- is your favorite?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.