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Eric Fehr's radio show tackles country music

Classic rock and country. (Nick Wass - AP)

It's been quite a while since I've tuned into 1570 CKMW, "Your sports station in Southern Manitoba," to listen to Eric Fehr's weekly reports "from Capitol Hill" via Ballston Commons. Since a new show came out on Thursday, this seemed a fine time to check in.

(Actually, that's a totally bogus paragraph. I just needed an excuse to write something about Fehr's radio gig so that I could link to Homer McFanboy's report on Fehr the radio host. Brian Murphy smartly asked Matt Bradley what he thought about Fehr as a radio host, and the quotes sort of worked.

"I'm surprised that they even have radios back in Manitoba," Bradley said. "They're usually pretty far behind the times, you know....I think he'd do okay, [on the radio]. He's not the brightest guy, but I think he can probably muscle his way through it."

There's more. Meanwhile, I actually did listen to this week's episode; Fehr talks about touring New York City with the Caps and their dads, jumping on and off the tourist buses, going to Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, and his thoughts on the Big Apple:

New York and Washington are a lot alike. They're both great places to see some of the U.S.'s most historic attractions. But if I had to pick one place to see, I'd pick Washington, D.C. everything you want to see is close together, unlike in new york, where it's almost impossible to walk everywhere you want to go.

Whatever the logic, I'll take the end result. My virtual trip to the Pembina Valley also led me to notice an episode last month, in which Fehr discussed the musical tastes of various Caps. Seems worth repeating:

When it comes to my music, you can tell I grew up on the farm. I really enjoy listening to country music. The guys on the team don't let me put it on in the dressing room, but I'm pretty sure they'll come around. Alex Ovechkin could be one of the biggest country music haters of them all, and he just so happens to be in charge of the stereo....

It gets pretty interesting in there. we've got a couple guys whose styles clash. Ovi's a big fan of techno. The only problem with that is it's often Russian techno. Backstrom is pretty good with playing some of the hot songs of the time. When he goes up to put on a song, I'm usually happy with it. Brooks Laich loves to play his classic rock. He often takes it back a couple years when he gets his turn with the stereo. One of the guys I don't like to see going up to pick a song is Matt Bradley. He always puts on Paper Planes by M.I.A It's good the first 10 times you hear it, but after that it can really get to you.
Matt Bradley and M.I.A. That...nope, wouldn't have guessed that. As for Fehr and country music, well, he's digging his own grave with me, but just in case you're into that kind of thing....
I like pretty much everything, but here are my top five artists: Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw and George Strait are my top four, and there's a tie for fifth between Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum. I buy albums from a bunch of different artists, but my favorite album would have to be Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bentley. Every song on that album is awesome, but if I had to pick only one, it would be Every Mile a Memory....

"I have two favorite songs right now. My first one is Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean. I'm not gonna say I'm a huge farmer or anything, but growing up in the country, I definitely learned how to use our John Deere. The only time I use it these days are to take my little nephews for a trip around the farm....

Along with my country music, I'm also a big fan of techno. I know it's a really odd combo. Sometimes you just need to listen to something with a little more pace. I won't bore you with all my favorite song titles, but my favorite DJs are Tiesto and David Guetta.

Just waiting for the Eric Fehr blog to start, I guess.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
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@EricFehr16 was tweeting about the Grammys and country music the other night. Now it all makes sense.

Posted by: LouLewis | February 4, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I think that Wapo has room under it's tent to include The Eric Fehr Muisc Bog from Columbia Heights.

Posted by: false_cause | February 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: Anybody know why the Caps unofficial message board is not working?

Posted by: bukaki23 | February 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

the only tolerable country song in existence is "Peaches" by Presidents of the United States of America. I don't even think it counts, but it's the closest I'll get.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I worked at a country bar in Den when in college. Other then the half naked women in cowboy hats it was hell. Listening to S Twain for 8 hrs a night was excrutiating.

Posted by: bukaki23 | February 4, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

ThisGuy, just because he's movin' to the country doesn't mean it's a country song :)

Caps and PUSA in one post, coupled with 12 straight....It's a good day :)

Posted by: ncromcr | February 5, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Ferh, country music, and Taylor all makes sense now.

Hah just trying to draw a wild conclusion, but Brads and M.I.A. is surprising. A little psychedelic, no?

Posted by: breaklance | February 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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