Dean Dillon, earlier this month:
I just think we’ve been led down this wrong road for the last two or three years of music and it has hurt us. And it’s been counterproductive, it’s been detrimental.
Dean Dillon, earlier this week:
I hear a lot of disgruntlement going on with what’s going on in country music in today’s world…There’s a box. And there’s some cowboys out there kicking the sides down on it right now. And stretching the boundaries. And pushing the limits. And putting new twists and turns on it. And they go out there and they play every night to these thousands and thousands of people. And they sing their songs to their generation. And that’s what it’s all about.
Cowboys? Really? I think the great George Strait would probably take offense to that.
Seriously, though, why couldn’t Dillon stand by what he said as opposed to seemingly backtracking on it? After all, this right here is exactly what he was talking about:
Around midway through its headlining set at the Best Buy Theater on Thursday night, Florida Georgia Line brought a couple of colleagues on stage — the country rapper Colt Ford and the songwriter Russell Dickerson — for a medley of influential songs.
They started out with one that perhaps only dedicated listeners would appreciate, Lil Troy’s Houston-rap hit “Wanna Be a Baller.” Then it was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” a cheap ploy to snare the casual listener. After that, TLC’s “No Scrubs,” 50 Cent’s “In da Club,” Juvenile’s song about derrières with an unprintable name, and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” After that, Mr. Ford rewrote Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” as a country song, and everyone rapped along.
I don’t understand what’s so wrong with calling this sort of thing out as bad for country music. Dillon’s track record pretty much gives him license to say what he pleases about where country music is going. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s the duty of people like Dillon to call these hacks out who are hijacking the genre. People like him built country music, and people like those hacks that make up Florida-Georgia Line are destroying it. I am aware there is an unhealthy amount of Nashville politics at play here, but if TPTB at organizations like BMI don’t like what he was saying, then frankly that makes them part of the problem. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — if people don’t want to get called out for writing crappy music, then maybe they should stop writing crappy music. Let’s see them make a 30-year career out of writing songs like “Marina Del Rey,” “The Chair,” or “Tennessee Whiskey.” Until then they can take their hurt feelings and blow it out their asses.
(h/t Country California)