Yet more Nashville provincialism.

This time, it’s from Peter Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean!

If you’re listening to anything you don’t enjoy, listen to something else. We have greater quality, quantity and variety of country music available to us today in Nashville than anyone has ever had, anyplace, anywhere.

Yeah, and? What about the rest of the country? I guess we’re all just shit out of luck, eh, Pete? I swear, the only place you’ll find more provincial media figures is in Washington D.C. or New York City.

Sabra’s been over all this before, but it deserves to be pointed out again: just because there are people playing good live music and things like satellite radio and Internet streaming doesn’t mean much, since terrestrial radio is pretty much it for a good portion of the population for myriad reasons. Furthermore, with all the radio consolidation and tightening of radio playlists, the choices readily available to your average music listener on said radio are getting smaller and smaller. And even with all these other choices, the fact of the matter is that once upon a time we could find great music on the radio all over the country instead of having to have the means to travel to Nashvegas shithole bars to find it. What the hell happened to those days? And does Peter Cooper even care that they’re gone?

And just because there’s great music being made in these little shithole Nashville bars doesn’t mean that country music is in good shape. Hell, I’ve said it myself recently:  I know down here we have folks like Jason Boland and the Stragglers, the Turnpike Troubadours, and Reckless Kelly, but the cold hard fact of the matter is that those artists aren’t the face of the genre to the mainstream. People like Chase Rice, Florida-Georgia Line, and Blake Shelton are.

Why is this? Why does it have to be this way? Yeah, radio sucks and I don’t listen to it anymore except on very rare occasions (and never the new “country” stations), but why should we have ever let it get to the point that so many people wanted to turn it off in the first place? Let alone let it get to the point that we have radio programmers saying things like “If we do not have a solid library of gold from this era, we will pay the price in a few years”? It just seems to me that “turn off the radio” seems to be a terribly shortsighted approach.

(h/t Country California)

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