While my parents started buying me country albums for birthdays and Christmases as soon as they knew that country music was a passion of mine, the first country album that I purchased with my own money was Vince Gill’s I Still Believe in You. At the time that I started listening to country radio, Vince’s “Tryin’ To Get Over You” was moving up the charts. I really liked that song and I especially liked his voice, but that’s not what got me to become a lifelong fan.
In my introductory piece, I mentioned that I had undergone several eye operations in a three month period that made me feel quite sick. Country music was the only thing that could take my mind off of the physical and emotional stress of that challenging time. Meanwhile, my parents insisted that the entire family had to go on a camping trip.
Camping was the last thing I wanted to do, mainly because I wouldn’t be able to have my lifeline of country music for a week. Fortunately though, unlike me, a nearby camper was granted the luxury of a boom box and he or she repeatedly played his I Still Believe in You album throughout the week. So, I was able to strain to hear it each time it was played, which really made that trip bearable for me. When we finally returned back to civilization, I bought the cassette tape of that album the first chance I got.
So, while I don’t expect your answers to be quite as trite or revealing as mine, I ask:
What is the first country album you purchased with your own money and why?