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I grew up in the 60s and 70s listening to rock and roll, but married a little country-music lovin’ gal, and have been bilingual ever since. So I pay attention to the country music scene when I can, or when Diane makes me. So I was happy but also a little skeptical when a Heartland supporter in Texas told me his wife was a country music singer and had a new song I might enjoy.
The singer is Shelley Laine, and I gotta say, she has one of the best voices in country music I’ve ever heard. Seriously. Two of her songs, “That Girl Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and “Back to Austin,” belong at the top of the charts. And it sure doesn’t hurt that Ms. Laine one of those blonde-haired beauties from Texas that Hank Williams Jr. told us about.
Well, Ms. Laine has a new song titled “Born Again American,” which is not only good listening, it also tells a story that’s just right for the times. It’s about an unemployed person who is about to give up on finding a job, who feels overwhelmed by bills that can’t be paid and is trapped on the living-room couch. Ms. Laine challenges her to get up and try again, to fight to get back on track, to become as “born again American.” It’s good, uplifting stuff.
The YouTube video of “Born Again American” had nearly 80,000 views when I watched it just now, about 200 times more than Ms. Laine’s other YouTube videos. Let’s share it with friends and neighbors. Maybe it will influence the thinking of a few people as we approach a key election. Watch it below: