Thanks to Zac Brown and Gary Allan, the country music debate is in full swing on our Facebook page. Both Zac and Gary shared their dismay over the current state of country music. It’s certainly changed from the days of Buck Owens and Loretta Lynn… and even from Alabama and Tanya Tucker. Today’s “country” music is definitely not something our grandparents would listen too.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions…after all, everyone’s got one. However, some of the opinions really bring to light the difference in country fans and fans who say they like country music. This particular comment I found a tad shocking….
Zach Brown’s comments make me want to throw up. Traditional country music is appalling; there is positive life in country music today. My advice to Zach Brown is take off the stupid hat, get a shave, and keep your mouth shut and just sing!!!!!
Um…case in point. The above comment was obviously from someone who enjoy’s “country music”… as in Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and anything else that’s “Popular.” But just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s good.
To truly be a country fan…You have to at least have respect for where the genre came from. Have you ever been to the Opry? Have you ever tapped your toes to “Mountain Music,” “Shake the Sugar Tree,” or went “Walkin’ After Midnight?” Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a “Coal Miner’s Daughter”? Were you “Country when Country Wasn’t Cool”?
Is that too far back for you??
What about thanked God for “Unanswered Prayers”? Driven a “Mercury”(that used to be a popular brand of car like Ford)or read a personal “Wanted” ad (that’s in a newspaper…that black and white thing at the end of some people’s driveways on Sunday)? Do you know who “Fancy” is?
That appalling music paved the way for folks like Luke Bryan to have the chance to shake his ass on stage. Those people were on the radio when Carrie Underwood grew-up and dreamed of being a singer. Those folks are still being played on the radio today. Those folks are legends. Those folks “Walked the line” and stood in a “Ring of Fire” to have their stories heard….That’s great country music…stories…feelings…depth…meaning.
I think that was the point Zac and Gary were trying to make. They weren’t doggin’ on the artists of today…they were doggin’ on the songs people are choosing to put out, and frankly their’ probably doggin’ a little bit on the fans who find the current fad to be “good” music.
The fact is…there’s a reason why George Strait has had 60 no. 1 songs…There’s a reason why Alan Jackson is still selling albums and selling out tours. They’ve always managed to tell a story. I’m not saying all music has to be Debbie Downer tunes… but a song can be catchy and good…with a point.
Guys like George and Alan are still around because they’ve always released songs that they want to perform for the rest of their lives…Sure, Luke may enjoy singin’ “That’s My Kind of Night” and shakin’ his thing now, but do you think he wants to be doing that in 20 years?? Do you really wanna hear or see him do it in 20 years? I know I don’t, and I thoroughly enjoy watching it now. I can’t imagine Florida Georgia Line running all over stage singing “Cruise” when they’re in their 50’s, and will Nelly even be around? Taylor Swift will probably not be as effective singing about young angsty romance “Trouble”, and I’m sure Carrie Underwood will retire her Louisville Slugger.
I’m also not saying there isn’t a place in country music for the current rap/country/pop trend… But it certainly shouldn’t be the only thing out there. Sometimes a song holds a special place in an artists’ back pocket that they only sing at concerts. Sometimes it’ doesn’t have to be a single. When a song is released as a single…it’s out there forever…
Vince Gill says you should never stop singin’ what got you there…Well, some of the songs on the radio, I surly hope these artists aren’t still singing when they’re 60. I hope they widen their scope so that they still have something to sing when they are, otherwise I’m afraid they’re lookin’ at some awful short-lived careers.
Just because something sells, doesn’t mean we have to eat it for every meal… There’s something to be said when newcomers like Charlie Worsham and Brett Eldredge are keeping country music alive and well more so than the artists who are selling millions of copies.
I think Zac and Gary just wanna get back to real music…real stories…about real life…about real people…made with real instruments… We aren’t all jobless college kids with nothin’ but time on our hands who crack a beer and dance on tailgates ever evening. We aren’t all “Red..Red..Red…Red… Red Necks” and we all don’t have a “Truck Yeah!”
I love Luke Bryan! I Love Taylor Swift! I Love Carrie Underwood! I Love Blake Shelton! But I also LOVE and MISS the twang of old school country and totally wouldn’t mind if we heard a little bit more of the influence it had on today’s artists in the songs they release.