It’s Hick Season In Lubbock
No, that's not a misspelling, I mean "Hick". I've been looking for a better word than "redneck" or "hillbilly". The fact is that I know rednecks and hillbillies that are perfectly fine folks. Hicks works best and it's a simple formula: White Trash X Country Music=Hick.
I was a semi-witness to a couple hick/Texas Country music festivals over the past few weeks and they truly bring out the worst. You can ask any Sheriff, any Security member, any venue operator and they'll tell you that these are the trashiest, drunkest, most prone to fight, letter and get passed out drunk crowd there is.
I've fought against the "rocker" stereotype in Lubbock for years. The sad thing is, I didn't have to be "pro-rock", all I had to do was let "Texas Country" get popular. For those of you who've avoided this mess, this genre of music is a beer soaked mix of watered down country mixed with watered down rock. It is truly, the worst of both worlds.
Having witnessed the ramping up and winding down of these festivals I've seen places absolutely trashed, beer BOTTLES thrown and just general assbag behavior of all sorts. I'm told at the concert I was witness to there were at least five hit and run accidents and I was a witness to two 16 year olds getting pulled over with a case of beer in their daddy's oversized truck.
Sadly these festivals are the parties of choice for Texas Tech kids (and high school students). It truly represents a general dumbing down of the general population, where being rowdy and being ill mannered are celebrated as being "country". The people are not "country", they are HICKS, plain and simple. They're young, from some small town, ill-mannered and have absolutely no maturity or class what so ever.
Now I didn't intend for this to be a direct attack on one particular type of music, but just like a porch light attracts moths, Texas Country attacks hicks. Sure, not everyone who enjoys this music is a hick, but it is the hicks music of choice.