For my money, this is one of the best video interpretations of a classic song ever done; it adds a new dimension to the story being told in the original. The song itself flew in the face of almost everything country music was all about back then. K.T. Oslin, like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and other new voices, changed everything. 80’s Ladies won the County Music Association Song of the Year in 1988 and Oslin was named Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989.
The Corrigans wrote an updated version for 2012, and Ger Corrigan tells POLITICO that Obama’s (very distant) Irish cousin Henry Healy will be attending the inauguration and plans to present a copy of the song to the president. (The president took Healy for pints of Guinness in Washington last St. Patricks Day.)
Included on the track is the snippet of Obama mentioning the band so Corrigan decided to give the president a co-writer credit: “Words and Music-Corrigan Brothers and President Barack O’Bama.”
“If politics doesn’t work out for him, he will at least be able to get some royalties!” Corrigan said. “It really was a joy to do this and he loves the original song.”