It’s not just Willie Nelson…

…but the entire genre of country music that’s being reduced to a caricature as of late. Witness Ashton Kutcher’s recent appearance on the ACM Awards in some sort of “country” getup that looked like it was from some theme park as he sang a George Strait song out of tune, jackasses like Colt Ford and Jason Aldean reducing George Jones to some swerving drunk on a lawnmower, and of course there’s the entire list of “country life rules and city life drools” songs.  It’s all extremely disheartening, of course, but this is just another insult on the long list of them. I fully expect a similar tribute to Merle Haggard soon, based of course on the whole “Okie from Muskogee” image. I also fully expect Chet Flippo to come along and voice some righteous indignation over one or both tributes, blissfully unaware that he and people like him have enabled this sort of thing.

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2 Responses to “It’s not just Willie Nelson…”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Don’t hate on Ashton Kutcher. He wasn’t making fun of all country music; he was making fun of modern country music. To quote: “I grew up idolizing the style of Highway Men, Hank, Merle, Patsy Cline, Dolly. Starting to wonder if new country just doesn’t get it. Justin Moore calls it mocking I call it respecting your Elders. Maybe that’s old fashion. Know when to fold em brother…”

  2. kevincorcoranjr Says:

    have you guys heard his cover of cold play’s song? woah. it’s extraordinary! it’s so amazing to hear such a traditional artist to cover such a modern song. It’s even more incredible to see him with the likes of snoop dog! a duet that is actually very intriguing and has to be heard to be believed. Some others to notice that willie has recently worked with are dave matthews band and zac brown band… awesome!

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