Why? Because apparently it’s gotten to the point that the extremely reticent George Strait has spoken up about where country radio is today:
I wonder where my stuff is going to fit in these days. I still enjoy recording, and I think I’ve got a lot of fans out there that still want to hear songs of mine on the radio. [The hits are] not as easy as they used to be. That’s just the nature of this business, but when you listen to the radio today, I’m trying to figure out, Where do I fit into this thing?
It’s a fair question, and one we all deserve an answer to — Strait himself most of all. Look. I know he’s getting older. I don’t care. He doesn’t deserve to be pushed off the radio in favor of the next big thing. He’s still making good music and I cannot be the only one who thinks this. I realize this sort of thing isn’t even close to objective, but when people like him are still selling records and concert tickets, that really ought to be an indicator that they’d be a good draw on country radio, too.
And of course there’s the requisite “it’s always been this way, there are a lot of people considered traditional country now that weren’t back then” — but that’s not true, and it’s utterly disingenuous to try to pass it off as such. Ronnie Milsap is considered traditional country now? And Alabama? No, they are not. I would venture to say they are only cast as such because they are played along the real traditional country singers of the past like George Jones and Ricky Skaggs. But country? Not really.
Really, when you have to ask if the rock and pop influences at any given time are good for the genre, that ought to be a crystal-clear indicator that they aren’t.
(h/t Country California)