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)