This is one of the best descriptions of current “country music” I have ever read.

From Jaime J. Weinman’s excellent blog “Something Old, Something New.” I wish I had written this.

“I can think of plenty of country singers who are popular performers and/or personalities even with people like me, who aren’t country-music buffs. But they’re either dead (the first and best Hank Williams; Waylon Jennings) or elder statesmen of one kind or another (Loretta Lynn; and, yes, Dolly Parton, who is cool for every possible reason). Are there any current country performers who have that kind of ‘crossover’ appeal? I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some and I’ve missed them — I miss a lot of stuff that’s contemporary — but most of the contemporary country musicians I hear, or hear of, are clearly ‘niche’ performers, as much as any other type of specialized musical performer.”

“It seems to me, again, speaking from a position of less-than-complete familiarity with today’s country music, that country songs now sound like any other commercial pop music. Probably a simpler way of saying this is that Johnny Cash could kick the ass of any living country star with one hand tied behind his back and the other hand strumming a guitar. And he’d make them take off those hats.”

2 Comments on “This is one of the best descriptions of current “country music” I have ever read.”

  1. Tamyra says:

    I read someone saying Taylor Swift was the last rockstar, but she is a country artist and proud of it. I like Brad Paisley even if he wears a hat. his range of music is amazing, from silly songs like “Ticks” to some of the best love songs ever. Then there is the Band Perry, crossover potential there in buckets. that is just the tip of the very latest artists, I would say that if a performer has the stuff people will appreciate them, the trick is giving them a chance.

  2. […] I know I’ve touched on this before, but I pretty much deplore what passes for “new country.” It’s formulaic and sounds like late-70s soft rock; Barry Manilow with a pedal steel. I worked at a “new country” radio station down south for a couple of years, and if I didn’t dislike it before that I certainly did after. […]

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