COUNTRY MUSIC AIN’T COUNTRY
The other night I was watching the country music awards
and was amazed at how country music has evolved over the
years. It is now pop music with a country flavor. Gone are
the days of Merle, Johnny, Conway, George and Willie.
There are very few big named artists that have stayed true
to the genre of country music such as Alan Jackson, Vince
Gill and Marty Stuart. Of course there are others who also are
true country music artists, and Yes there are a lot of talented
musicians and performers today in the so called country music
business but watching the show with all its big production of
computerized lighting, sound effects, pyrotechnics and dancers
took away from the performer and gave it all a pop music
I am sure that the record companies have forced
a modern interpretation of country music to meet the demand
of a younger audience and the sale of records (sorry CD’s).
During the show I tried to catch a glimpse of an older country
star in the audience but never did see one, maybe they were
further back in the crowd somewhere. Even George Strait did not
show because of a previous family commitment. Reba McEntire
was the host and did a good job, I count her as a country star she has
been around country music since 1975.
I am not saying that today’s stars are not good performers or
musicians, I just do not get the same feel about country as when
George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Willie sing their
The awards show drew 13.1 million viewers down from last
years 14.8 million. Entertainer of the year was Carrie Underwood,
Top male vocalist Brad Paisley, Top Female vocalist Miranda
Lambert, top vocal group Lady Antebellum, top vocal duo was
Brooks and Dunn with top new artist being Luke Bryan.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. (Collin Raye #6 1994)
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