The Bellamy Brothers
The sly undercurrent in the brothers' music emerges on a few occasions into full-blown social commentary of a kind that remains rare in country music. "Kids of the Baby Boom" laments the plans of those "here in the land of milk and honey/Counting our chickens way too soon." And "Old Hippie" tells of a man whose arc of life began when "they sent him off to Vietnam on his senior trip." The old hippie shows up in two sequels to the original song, most recently just last year in "Old Hippie III (Saved)." Yes, these aging sensualists have gotten religion. I just hope they haven't lost their edge.
[Originally published in October, 2008.]