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Living Country in the City – Sam Ayres
Living Country in the City…Call me cheesy, but I’m a firm believer in the idea that “being country” is less about where you were born or where you live and more about how you live and where your heart lies. As a child, I wasn’t raised in a “country” environment.
I was a little suburban kid growing up in a housing tract in Southern California.
I had a BB gun and a recurve bow that I would play around with while wearing my Davey Crockett coonskin cap. But, for the most part, things like camping, fishing and horseback riding, while encouraged, were always more along the lines of fun vacation activities rather than a regular occurrence.
In my early to mid-twenties, I was drawn to city-life. I started a job in advertising, bought a roadster and was working my way to that penthouse apartment in the middle of downtown. I was originally the guy who would laugh at the idea of living in a small town and make fun of those “silly predictable country songs.”
I was the last person anyone would’ve expected to don a wide-brimmed hat and a pearl button shirt. However, due to a series of circumstances I started reassessing my life and doing a lot of growing up. I started examining what was important to me and as part of that, I found myself enjoying different activities more and relating to a very different genre of music.
That brings us to the present day… and a new me. While I’ve made my attempts to leave this city, I’ve realized that, at least for now, God wants to keep me here in Los Angeles. So, while I’m here, I’m gonna find a way to live the lifestyle I want in a less than encouraging environment.
Hell, as Brantley Gilbert says, “country must be country wide”… So why don’t y’all join me on my adventures trying to find a little fly-over state spirit in this concrete jungle.
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