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As ever, the tag is hard to shake. In the middle of the huge buzz that surrounded the release of Bless You a couple of years ago, NPR featured the band on All Things Considered, where reviewer Sara Bardeen applauded the record as "country music in the truest sense of the word. Everything about this album evokes America."
"But there's this whole other side of music history that you can lock yourself out of if you pay attention to strictly American music," contends Hirsch.
"I think that at the same time we're embracing a lot of elements of American music, we're pushing them away," Taylor concurs. "I love Bob Dylan, but the type of people we're playing for and that are buying our records certainly don't need to hear another Bob Dylan cover.
"There are a million horrible country-rock bands out there," he adds, summing up the whole philosophy behind the Court and Spark. "Who wants to be one of them? It's totally boring."