“You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew instantly it was a country station just by listening to it,” he said. “And now you’ve gotta leave it there for a second to figure it out,” Gary said.
He also calls out some artists, like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, who’ve managed to have songs featured on all radio stations, pop, country, contemporary.
I would say they’re pop artists making a living in the country genre.”
Gary admits he too is guilty of not staying true to the genre he started out in.
“I don’t feel like I make music for a genre anymore, and I did 10-15 years ago since clear channels and the cumuluses bought up all the chains, it’s all about the demographic.”
Do you think Gary’s right? I actually agree with him. Country music use to have a particular sound of steel guitars, fiddles, and southern drawl. It’s morphed into something that kinda blends in with everything else. The only difference is country still talks about drinkin’, trucks, and heart break…It’s just being sung to a drum machine, through auto-tune, alongside a pop/rap artist. Just sayin’.