He still doesn’t get it.

Eric Church, that is:

AC/DC and Metallica and Tom Petty and Springsteen. … This whole generation, that’s what our influences were, that’s what we grew up on. So when that stuff starts making its way into the format, I don’t have a problem with it because people are just being true to what their influences are and they’re just making music.

Well, sure they are. The problem is that the music they make isn’t so much country as it is a bad imitation of all the above artists — a bad imitation of hard rock in general, to put a finer point on it. Church’s musings only lend credence to the theory that country is the go-to genre for those who couldn’t make it in rock. When you listen to, for example, pretty much anything from Jason Aldean these days, it’s pretty clear that he isn’t much if anything more than a frustrated ’80s rocker born ten years too late. Sure he’ll claim George Strait as an influence, but Garth Brooks did the same thing 20 years ago and I didn’t see it then either. I suppose next Church is going to say that we shouldn’t have a problem with the inevitable covers of “Enter Sandman” or “Back in Black.” (And you know that’s what it’s going to be, too, because I’d bet money that none of the pickers playing for any of those hacks would have the chops to pull off “Creeping Death.”)

And yeah, I would have a problem with that. If these people weren’t listening to country music growing up, why the hell do they want to play it now? Such is another question that the act of asking is to answer, but it’s still sad to see Nashville reduced to this.

(h/t Country California)

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3 Responses to “He still doesn’t get it.”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Oh God, now my mind is playing a bluegrass version of “Back in Black.” THANKS A LOT.

  2. AeroDillo Says:

    I know AC/DC, Metallica, Petty, and Springsteen.

    Who the hell is Eric Church?

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