..or, Man alive, ole Zac Brown sure smacked a lot of canines, if this is any indication:
(The Luke Bryan song “That’s My Kind of Night”) isn’t something Brown is fond of, and he let that be known, calling it “the worst song I’ve ever heard … When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.” Some of country music’s biggest stars including Jason Aldean have already come to the defense of both Bryan and the song’s three writers, saying: “I hear some other artists are bashing my boy @lukebryan new song, sayin it’s the worst song they have ever heard…..…To those people runnin their mouths, trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a sh—what u think. It’s a big ol hit so apparently the fans love it which is what matters. Keep doin ur thing LB!!!”
…“When Luke called and told me about it, the first thing I did was sit there and soak it in,” Davidson tells Roughstock in our exclusive chat with the two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year responsible for many of Country music’s biggest hits over the past several years. “A comment like that will hurt your feelings because when you write a song, it’s kind of like one of your babies. To hear a successful artist say it was the worst song he’s heard and it makes him want to throw up, that’s just not cool. I’m sure a lot of stuff like that has been said behind closed doors, and everybody has their right to their opinion, but to come out publicity and dog on other artists and dog on a song and the songwriters, to me, is just unacceptable and it’s not nice.”
Aww, poor thing. I wonder if he’d like some cheese to go with that whine? Some babies are just ugly. And some songs just suck. Some couples can’t help but make ugly babies, but songwriting can always get better, and there’s nothing wrong with calling out bad music when you hear it. Critics and fans do it all the time. I don’t see a damn thing wrong when singers do it too. I could talk all day about what’s wrong with Dallas Davidson as a songwriter, but this bit from Country California summed it up perfectly:
“Fun song, guys, but it’s basically just a bunch of country cliches wrapped around repetitions of the title phrase…in fact, it sounds like almost everything else you’ve written for the past 5 years. I think maybe you should start giving the listening public a little more credit for not being a bunch of dumb hicks that want a bunch of country stereotypes parroted back to them all the time.”
And how about ole Jason Aldean? Some artists, eh? We’ll never see it, but I would love to see that semi-literate hack show some of the sack Zac Brown did and call the dude out by name if he so disagrees with what Brown said. Some artists. Fuck Jason Aldean and Dallas Davidson too. If they don’t want to get called out for making shit music, there’s a really easy way to make that happen. But we all know that is completely beyond their ken.
And apparently Justin Moore weighed in as well, saying, “Everybody has their own opinions, and I don’t have a problem with people having their own opinions, but where I do have a problem with it is when you call out somebody in your fraternity.”
Pretty apropos that he’d call it a fraternity, considering how much of mainstream “country” music is frat-boy bullshit about getting drunk by the river and whatnot.
Seriously, though, to take Moore’s analogy and run with it, what’s wrong with calling out your frat brothers if they’re making asses out of themselves in the fraternity’s name? It ought to be obvious that all this shallow, dumbed-down party music reflects badly on the genre in general. I mean, surely I can’t be the only one who tells people things to the effect that “I love country music, just not the bullshit Nashville passes off as country anymore.” I posted something on Facebook about this, and Sabra left this comment:
“Know what’s funny? I had like three self-professed Luke Bryan fans talking about how much that song sucks last night. Apparently he should have just sat there (on the finale of some reality show) and looked pretty. So apparently, the song is so bad even his fans hate it!”
Photographic evidence follows:
So…yeah. People are gonna have to start getting called out if things are gonna get better, and it’s not going to be the fans or the critics taking the lead on this. They don’t have the voice or the clout. It’s going to have to be the artists who ultimately save the genre. The battle lines are being drawn, and not a moment too soon.