What’s wrong with Nashville…

…summed up in this quote from one Ben Hayslip:

My publisher Rusty Gaston called me one day, and said, ‘Man, you and Dallas and Rhett need to write a song — either about or have it in the title — about get your hands up,’” recalls Hayslip. “He said all these pop songs and rap songs are doing that these days, and everyone who does it is going No. 1. It’s just a celebration of a good time.

Instead of true artists who come up with new, original ideas or fresh takes on old ideas, we get hacks who recycle trite phrases from pop and rap hits for another No. 1 notch on their belt. This is yet one more reason I have by and large retreated into music that’s old enough to drink. It’s bad enough that mainstream country music has lost its identity, but it seems to have degenerated wholesale, with some exceptions, into yet another subgenre of pop/dance music — with all of the crappy derivative traits that make so much of that music utterly disposable. If there was a Murder on Music Row, as the song goes, then one could categorize this sort of thing as taking a leak on its grave.

On the other hand, even if I hear “Closing Time” even one more time it’ll be too soon, I’d like to think Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson was on to something when he said the time might be right for a return of the Dixie Chicks. I don’t know if they’d be as successful the second time around as they were from 1998 to 2003, but I do think the freshness and originality they brought to the genre their first time around is sorely needed in this day and age. Lightning might well not strike twice, but it still couldn’t hurt to see what they would bring to the table if they did come back.

(h/t Country California)

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2 Responses to “What’s wrong with Nashville…”

  1. Greg Says:

    Here’s my predictable comment: traditional (and original) country music still exists, and if you want to see it live, this Sat at Anhalt Hall (Bulverde/Spring Branch) is Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Fantastic band, great venue, 4 hrs of music and dancing.
    He’ll even do Mel Street songs if ya ask….

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Heh. We drove right by Anhalt a few weeks ago. I also noted that Justin Trevino & Amber Digby were going to be playing sometime in June, too.

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