One thing that preys on my mind is the fact that for the most part Country music has gone to hell in a hand basket, I mean really. If you listen to Country radio today or even subject yourself to Country videos a blind man could see how bad it has gotten. Then I see my friend Russ Varnell play a show at Deep South, a local music hall and I realize there is hope for Country music. It is not just me that sees the problem and that is evident in the crowd that shows up, packs the place, and lets it all hang out watching Russ and the Too Country band do their thing. The Too Country Band is: Ricky Hagan – Steal Player/Harmony Singer, Roger Gilmore – Drummer/Harmony Singer, Evan Rose – Base Guitar,Curtis Church – Lead Guitar Joy Williams – female lead. Among the songs Russ let loose on the crowd were Act Naturally, Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes, Little Sister, Jackson (sung with their female lead Joy Williams ), Makeup and Faded Blue Jeans, Tiger by the Tail, Big in Vegas, and Johnny B Goode. Russ did some great covers as well as a few original tunes that were equally as Country. I understand everything changes but you can’t put lipstick on a hog and that is what they are trying to do with the current Nashville noise and call it Country. So let’s keep the country in Country music and call this other “stuff” something else that don’t insult the memory of Hank Williams. Russ put an awesome show that we all enjoyed and got the crowd all fired up. To summarize, the beer was cold, the music was hot, and the crowd was into all the above.