A new bar has been set for ignorance.

By whom, you ask? Brad Paisley? Tyler Hubbard? Eric Church?

Oh no. None other than Kenny Rogers:

I know I’m gonna get a lot of flack about this, but sooner or later country music has to decide whether it’s an art form or a business. If it’s a business, welcome anybody that sells records. If it’s an art form, get rid of everybody that doesn’t sound like Hank Williams.

Sooner or later? It really ought to be obvious that the decision has already been made, as evidenced by all the shit that’s been foisted on country listeners over the last few years. Doe he really mean to say that the Nashville music establishment unjustly doesn’t let just anyone make a record anymore? Sure sounds that way.

On the other hand, there could be something deeper at work here. Kenny Rogers never really was that country if he was country at all, so I suppose it’d only be logical that he’d defend the bastardization of country music. Still doesn’t make a bit of sense that he’d implicitly defend what’s going on now, though, because as pop as most of Kenny Rogers’ stuff was, a lot of it was still more deep and meaningful than most of the recycled musical cliches passing as country music anymore….

(h/t Country California)

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4 Responses to “A new bar has been set for ignorance.”

  1. Jeff Bauer Says:

    Kenny Rogers is just another has been douche bag with botched plastic surgery. Rogers goes where the money is – period. Y’all are probably too young to remember when ole Kountry Kenny hit the scene as a trippy hippie. Yup, hippie. Because that’s where the money was back then. To wit:

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Yep. I remember seeing that and thinking that was an even bigger jump to country than what Dan Seals was doing back in the ’70s…

  3. 3boxesofbs Says:

    I think too many people frame things in terms of “either/or” unnecessarily. Come on folks, there can be people who see and do music in terms of pure art, there can be people would sell their souls for a sawbuck.
    And somewhere in the middle is everyone else.

    I often ask myself what a person gets when they say something like this — apparently Mr. Rogers is in need of a little attention.

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