I started listening to country music early. Both my grandparents and my parents listened, but my dad liked the newer styles too. Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash etc. I never cared for the early country songs, too much bluegrass twang for me. I fell in love with Elvis first. I watched all the movies and still believe he had acting potential which his management never allowed him to use seriously. I was collecting his albums by age six. I still have original releases of many of his LPs.
Quite early though, I fell in love with ballads and songs that told a story. That led me to Kris Kristofferson. When I left country for pop and rock music, he remained. I adopted Willie Nelson after his movie Honeysuckle Rose Then, of course, Johnny, Kris and Willie joined up as The Highwaymen. They, along with June Carter Cash, became Nashville royalty.
I love Joaquim Phoenix as Johnny Cash in the movie biography I Walk the Line. I listen to that soundtrack more than original recordings. I am currently listening to Johnny's official biography. It is being read by Kris Kristofferon! Surprise!!! I have Willie's autobiobraphy queued up. My disappointmet there is that he narrates the introduction and the a regular narrator takes over. I would love to find on on Kris, but nothing so far. Rumors have raun about him writing one himself, but they've always died down again.
I think our legends define our times and our times define us: whether we accept them or rebel against them. I am not sorry to have mine defined by singing poets and outlaws.