Here in Tampa, the RNC Convention is in full swing. Mitt Romney’s supporters are looking for every advantage to move ahead of Obama in the popularity polls with two months until the election. Dominating the Deep South is critical to any Republican hope of winning the election. I’m not sure if Mitt Romney even knows anything about Southern Rock but a convention featuring Donny & Marie Osmond and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir probably wouldn’t generate the buzz he needs. So here in Tampa, bring on the Red White & Blue, troop loving, right wing bands that define the resolute American pride in our country. Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Trace Adkins were three of the first bands signed to the RNC Convention.
“LAST OF A DYIN BREED” LYNYRD SKYNRD
Lynyrd Skynyrd was set to open the convention but literally pulled out at the very last minute. Hurricane Isaac cancelled Monday’s activities and the band followed suit. A replacement band, Journey, has been added to the lineup after being paid a reported $500,000 by the Romney campaign. Lynyrd Skynyrd just released “Last Of A Dyin’ Breed” this week. It’s full of Southern rock anthems showcasing their “spirit of survival”. The title track and “Ready To Fly” are the standout songs.
“AMEN” KID ROCK
Kid Rock said this is “the greatest song I’ve ever written”. A perfect song to raise the questions that politicians need to answer. Racial injustice, political corruption, mixing church and the State, poverty, the homeless, and the war are all alluded to in Kid Rock’s four minute song. With the beautiful backing of a church choir, you can feel Kid Rock’s passion for living in a country that does more than talk about the issues. Check out these lyrics: “And how can we seek salvation when our nation’s race relations, Got me feeling guilty of being white. But faith in human nature, our creator and our savior, I’m no saint, But I believe in what is right.”
“HOT MAMA” TRACE ADKINS
Good Ol’ Boy, Trace Adkins, is set to perform the last night of the convention. Trace projects the strong All-American image that the GOP wants to attract. Songs like “Arlington” and “Till The Last Shot’s Fired” highlight Trace’s strong supporter of our troops. I’m going in a different direction. “Hot Mama” may come off as just a sexy country song but the values of faithfulness and the definition of marriage have been big issues on the campaign trail this year. Plus the lady is just smoking hot in the video!
“PERFECT” SARA EVANS
I recently ran a posting about the hottest women in Hip Hop. If I ran the same theme with the women of Country Music, Sara Evans would be high on the list. For the last night of the RNC, the Dallas Bull had signed up Willie Nelson, but he backed out due to a schedule conflict. Randy Travis was signed next but after his “naked arrest”, plan C in effect. Wyclef Jean of the Fugees at the Dallas Bull? That was the plan until they locked in Sara Evans. The country crowd will love hearing Sara’s favorites like her cover of Edwin McCain’s “I Could Not Ask For More” and “Suds In The Bucket”. And who cannot love the positive message of “Perfect”! In a un-rock star move, Sara recently posted a picture of herself on Facebook without any makeup. She said she just liked how she looked that day, within a few minutes thousands of fans complimented her bravery and beauty.