CountryView – All American Music


CountryView
By D. J. Walker, KAT Country 103

With the Birthday of our Country’s freedom this month, there’s no genre of music more patriotic than Country Music. The freedom of speech that gives us the right to print this magazine was given to us by a soldier fighting on the front lines.

One of the songs that bring this sentiment home is Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” :
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA!

Even Modesto’s hometown boy Merle Haggard expressed his feelings for America in “The Fightin’ Side of Me”:
Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

When we experienced the attack on 911 there was another wave of songs that solidified the way many people feel about living in the USA. Here are some more country songs from past and present to add to your patriotic playlist:

Toby Keith – Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue
Aaron Tippin – Where The Stars And Stripes
Brooks & Dunn – Only In America
Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All
Darryl Worley – Have You Forgotten
Alan Jackson – Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning

Toby Keith – American Soldier
Chely Wright – Bumper of My S.U.V.
David Ball – Riding With Private Malone
The Charlie Daniels Band – In America
Rodney Atkins – It’s America
Trace Adkins – Arlington
Tim McGraw – If You’re Reading This
Johnny Cash – Ragged Old Flag

By D. J. Walker
KATM-FM
Morning Show Host

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.