March 7, 2007
Terri Clark, “Dirty Girl”
Gotta say, as soon as I heard the opening guitar, I knew it was a Terri Clark record. There aren’t that many artists I can say that about.
That said, I remember hearing a few years ago that Trisha Yearwood had a single coming out called “Real Live Woman.” A promising title, it exceeded all my expectations.
This is pretty much the opposite. A promising title that leads to a stupid pun about her liking being a “dirty girl” that works on cars and plays in the mud. I’d have given her a free pass if it was her first or second album, but nothing pisses me off quite like a mature woman putting out kiddie records.
The sad thing is, the women who are making music worthy of their life experience – Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks, Kathy Mattea, Wynonna, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and the like – couldn’t get arrested at country radio. I guess you either have to be a kid or act like one to get the spins. I swear, all the progress made in the nineties has been undone and then some.
Now I’m all good and pissed off, and I’m not even going to pretend this is worthy of a higher grade, no matter how much I love Terri Clark. This is an insult to all the meaningful music she’s done before. Joe Galante strikes again.
Listen: Dirty Girl