Talk about somebody who doesn’t get it.

…or, Hey, time for more ragging on Brad Paisley!

“He’s (Don Henley — ed.) so responsible for current country music in so many ways that I have a hard time believing he’s never been more accepted as a country artist in that sense,” Paisley said. “Asking him and Alabama and Marty Stuart and Sheryl Crow and Carrie and Blake, you’ve got a cross-section of people that come from various sides of the equation, but I think they all make sense in that, yeah, you’re right, they all represent country music in some way.”

Just about every time Brad Paisley opens his mouth as of late I lose a little more respect for him, and this sort of thing is why. To be fair, he’s not the only one who only focuses on what seems like an unfairly small part of the Eagles’ catalog in trying to justify them as “country.” But really? The Eagles only did that whole country-rock thing for a couple of albums and then they tried to get away from that — unless, of course, Brad’s trying to say that “One Of these Nights” and “Hotel California” are country, in which case he’s even more clueless than I thought he was. But one might say he’s completely bereft of a clue anyway because he apparently thinks Don Henley’s influence on country is a good thing. Brad Paisley apparently has no idea that even Henley himself thinks the Eagles’ influence on country was a bad thing.

(h/t Country California)

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5 Responses to “Talk about somebody who doesn’t get it.”

  1. BL Says:

    But it afforded Joe Walsh commissioning maybe one of the prettiest Esquire type guitars that Tony has built. Everything that isn’t metal was made by Tony and it sounds like it could be on an AC/DC record as much as on a country album. 😉

    Seriously. So therefore, the Eagles are important even if I’d vomit if anybody ever tries to make me play Hotel California again.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Oh, I actually LIKE a lot of the Eagles’ music, don’t get me wrong. “One Of These Nights,” “Wasted Time,” and “The Long Run” are all classics. So, for that matter, is “Hotel California,” its overplayed status be damned. I’d never mean to say they were’t important in the big scheme of things, but I think Henley’s opinion holds a lot of water still. Now that I think about it, though, Eagles-influenced country would probably be an improvement over what we have now as far as mainstream country goes.

  3. AeroDillo Says:

    If I may pitch my half-bit in here…

    I’m not sure this is a country music thing. I’m not even sure this is a music thing.

    While I can’t speak for anybody else, I’ve noticed a rather annoying tendency in people perhaps more hip than myself – chiefly, that while they consider themselves to be well-educated and possessed of broad interests across the spectrum of art and culture, the also exhibit the frustrating tendency to try to take all their interests and tie that shit together.

    Doesn’t work.

    A rough equivalent would be emptying your pantry into the blender and expecting a pureed culinary delight at the other end. Instead you get coffee, chocolate chips, potato crisps, and baked bean slurry. (If you’ve never had that, you may take my word that it’s an inadvisable combination).

    Thing is, I have country music in my CD case. I have rock. I have indie. I have film soundtracks, classic jazz, and a few that really sort of fit into a class of their own. I like the different sounds. I like to listen to different sounds from different eras. It’s like being able to see how music changed and evolved.

    But when I want rock, I want Led Zeppelin. When I want old country, I want Jimmie Rogers. When I’m riding that Old/New/Weird West vibe, I want Calexico.

    I don’t want a country song with Jimmy Page grafted on. I don’t want Count Basie trying to sing over Skynard’s drum and guitar interludes.

    Frankly, I’ve never understood trying to mix some things. Enjoy them for what they are, because if you try to change them it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll just fuck it up.

    But I’m odd, so take that for what it’s worth to you.

  4. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Hey, if you’re odd, I am too.

    I’ve noticed a rather annoying tendency in people perhaps more hip than myself – chiefly, that while they consider themselves to be well-educated and possessed of broad interests across the spectrum of art and culture, the also exhibit the frustrating tendency to try to take all their interests and tie that shit together.

    Yes. I am reminded of the old saying, “They were so open-minded that their brains fell out.” I don’t see what’s so wrong with keeping some things separate. And yeah, there have been a lot of people who HAVE fucked up country music by watering it down with other influences. I am almost surprised we haven’t gotten a “country” cover of “Enter Sandman” or “Hells Bells.” I’m sure Jason Aldean’s working on that, though…

  5. BL Says:

    More importantly…that’s a pretty guitar, ain’t it?

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