Originally created 08/06/99

Teen's Web site has some strong words for fans of country music



One of the more interesting country music sites to pop up on the World Wide Web is Yee Haw: The Official I Hate Country Page, created by a guy identified only as "Jake" in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He apparently was so ticked off by his fellow high school students who love country music that he created this public forum seeking comments from those who hate country music as well as those who defend it.

"I wonder about my peers when all they do in class is dream about one day owning an off-road vehicle and some nice boots," Jake said.

"On hat day, some people wear camouflage hunting hats (you know the annoying orange ones!). ... They sit in class and treat the women like dirt. They wear those stupid shirts with dogs on them that you find at Wal-Mart. They ride in some crappy old truck ... while blasting Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks or Tim McGraw. They have the belt buckles with the entire United States map on them and a diagram of which kind of deer lives where."

As expected, the Web site (http://members.tripod.com/(tilde)Kalamazoo/index.html) has received some strong responses.

One of the more intelligent ones was from a 15-year-old boy from the West Coast named "Mike."

"I'm from California. I love country (music)," he wrote. "I would burn a Confederate flag if one was ever used for racial purposes. I hate hunting (animal activist to a point) and my grandmother died of cancer. So, I would never consider chewing tobacco.

"And, guess what? Down here in sunny, surf-city San Diego, they played country at our prom. I'm not saying your views are wrong (no one's views are ever WRONG, maybe uneducated or naive), nor am I saying you should change your views. I am just saying that instead of promoting hate for something, promote love for someting else."

The wise-beyond-his-years teen concluded, "If you don't like it (country music), ignore it. I hate rap, so I ignore it even if the people at my school blast it. I don't let it bother me."

UPCOMING HALL HONORS:

Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond will be inducted into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame on Sept. 22. While most know Miss Parton and Mr. Twitty, others are asking, "Bond who?"

Mr. Bond was an Oklahoma native who moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became Gene Autry's comic sidekick and was a guitarist in several Autry movies, according to writer Jay Orr of The Tennessean in Nashville. He also appeared in movies with Hopalong Cassidy and another CMA Hall of Fame member, Tex Ritter.

Mr. Bond and Mr. Ritter were songwriting publishing partners in Vidor Publishing, and Mr. Bond wrote or co-wrote the country classics I Wonder Where You Are Tonight, Tomorrow Never Comes and Cimarron. He recorded several hits, including Hot Rod Lincoln.

He also was the host and a script writer for the popular TV shows Town Hall Party and Gene Autry's Melody Ranch show. He died in 1978.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 28 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at ramblin@groupz.net.