The era of the rip-off…

So I walked into Whataburger yesterday, and what should I hear but Luke Bryan warbling “Strip it Down.”

I thought, This song was much better ten years ago when it was sung by Dierks Bentley and titled “Come A Little Closer.” What are they gonna play next, Carrie Underwood’s ripoff of “Travelin’ Soldier”?

And damned if they didn’t do just that. I was unimpressed, to say the least.

Seems like we’re living in an age of musical ripoffs anymore. In addition to the above, there’s Chris Lane’s “Fix,” which itself is more or less a re-write of the Old Dominion song “Break Up With Him.” You’re probably wondering how I know this. Well, all I can say is that sometimes when I read a review of a song, my curiosity manages to get the best of me. Terrible. At least Luke Bryan and his co-writers of “Strip it Down” waited a few years to rip off a decent Dierks Bentley song. Chris Lane is doing a rip-off of a crappy current song that wasn’t worth ripping off in the first place.

But some of the comments are at least as bad as the songs themselves…

Just seems like you’ve taken to bashing mainstream music that doesn’t fit your mold of what country should be….at least judge the music you’ve chosen to review in the context it’s provided.

Suffice it to say, I disagree. STRONGLY. Much like Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers, the people calling this crap out have standards. Pretty lofty ones. Considering the history of this genre that’s the way it ought to be. And what context IS “Fix” supposed to be taken as? Evolution of the genre? Mainstream country music circa 2015? And it shouldn’t be called out as crap solely because of that? Sorry, but I don’t agree. Why can’t mainstream country sound more like Jason Isbell, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, or the Turnpike Troubadours? It’s not like all those acts and their non-mainstream contemporaries are all pushing a throwback sound. They honor the core sounds of the genre while putting their own modern spin on it, and you simply can’t say that of Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, or Chris Lane. You can call it comical, bashing, or whatever you want. I call it telling it like it is. And we need more of that.

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