There's a reason people like country music.
No matter how great the sound of a pedal-steel guitar or the comedy stylings of Toby Keith, that isn't what gets to people. County music works because of the songs. Strip away the flags and the slide guitars and you still have a song. Unlike many other forms of music that can get by on production value or flash and bang, country requires the foundation of a solid tune for the rest of it to land.
But that's not to say that other genres lack similarly strong foundations. The real test is to strip it all back to a guitar and a voice and see if a song can stand on its own.
Tonight, why not do just that?
Swing by The Red Room and catch the second installment in their "unplugged" series, wherein local musicians better known for their electrified works give it a shot sans accoutrements.
And after that, if you want to give it a try, all you have do is put your name on the list, open-mic style.
Things will get going around 9 p.m., and it's free to watch and to perform.