This is one of the best descriptions of current “country music” I have ever read.Posted: January 5, 2012
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.”