That’s the title of a new song written and performed by Steve Martin.Â Yes, that’s Steve Martin the comedian.
Martin’s new interest is performing music professionally. He tours with the DeepÂ Canyon Rangers, a blue grass group.
I happen to be a big blue grass fan and listen to it atÂ every opportunity.Â One of my own little private interests in popular music is listening for themes and trying to determine what themes are most popular.Â In “folk music”, by which I will here use the 60’s definition, there are all kinds of themes, religion, anti religion, love, politics and on and on.Â
In country music, religion themes are popular, but the drinkin’ and cheatin’ are worked in, either to enhance, but sometimes to reject, a religious message.
But in bluegrass music, to target is dead onÂ Christian religion.Â It seems like maybe a fourth orÂ fifth ofÂ the songs have deep Jesus themes.Â That’s what makesÂ Steve Martin’s “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” so funny.Â It’s bluegrass.Â If you want to hear the song, go to UTube and enter “Steve Martin Atheist Song”.
If nonbelief hasÂ made it into bluegrass, it’s everywhere.