Who? Keith Urban, of course:
People have this relentless ongoing conversation about what’s country and what isn’t. It’s never changed. If people really really were country fans, they’d know it’s always been there, in every single decade.
Well, that’s special. Mr. Urban now presumes to tell us who is and is not a real country music fan. I daresay most of the people he would deride have likely been listening to country music for as long as he’s been alive.
And here we are again, talking about Chet Atkins and the string-heavy Nashville Sound. As much as he talks about this era you’d think Urban himself was stuck in about 1972 or so. Yet again there’s not a word about the Urban Cowboy era and the fallout after it, the mid-1980s neo-traditionalist movement, the class of 1989 or any of that. It strikes me that Keith Urban’s musings about the alleged “evolution” of country are about as self-serving — and as helpful — as Kenny Rogers’.
(h/t Country California)