March 1st, 2007

danger, Warning: Caustic, caustic


There was a day about a year ago where, every time I got in the car, I turned on the radio to hear KMAX playing a song that was currently loaded in my MP3 player. You can't just let a station like that slip away without comment.

This morning, I listened to the last five minutes of the KMAX countdown, and the first few minutes of "The Wolf", the commercial-free country station that's replacing it.

A mildly entertaining intro piece proclaiming the new station the "alpha predator" of the Bay Area radio scene gave way to some promising rockin' banjo -- maybe country music has evolved since my last road trip through flyover country.

It has.

I can only describe what followed as "Redneck Rap", Southern-Fried voices chanting about their pickup trucks and cowboy hats.