Come on, Jason, really?

I do love Jason Isbell, but this is just next-level stupid, and considering all his Twitter rantings on gun control, that’s really saying something:

“Women are practically ghosts on country radio too, so it’s not hard to understand why female artists like (Maren) Morris, who had massive crossover success with the Zedd collaboration ‘The Middle,’ might pull away from the genre and gravitate to more welcoming formats like pop and Americana. ‘The country purists online, they’re the worst,’ Isbell says shortly after rolling up a pant leg to show off his ‘Highwomen’ tattoo, as well as some swell printed socks. ‘If you look at the country radio charts, and there is one woman every three weeks in the Top 20, what’s going to encourage women to try to make music in that direction?’

Wow, dude, way to make fans of more traditional country music fans not want to give the Highwomen album a chance. I mean, it’s not the revolutionary, world-beating stuff some people are claiming it to be, but this online country purist heard it and thought it was actually pretty good. I don’t intend to get it just yet, because I have other stuff I’d like to get first, but I do hope it does well so as to encourage more music like it.

Also, Willie Nelson would like a word with those of you who think “If She Ever Leaves Me” was the first gay country song.

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2 Responses to “Come on, Jason, really?”

  1. Zackary Kephart Says:

    You know, I really dig the Highwomen album, but it’s one case where the marketing just really sours what is, otherwise, a great project. Granted, I’m not surprised to see this quote in Rolling Stone of all places, but I think the general praise has been positive, especially from purists.

    On another note, I have to wonder why journalists and artists have a problem with people who like traditional country music?

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      it’s one case where the marketing just really sours what is, otherwise, a great project

      YES. EXACTLY THIS. It is good, but it was wayyyyy oversold.

      I realize this opinion is gonna be controversial, but I think the latest answer to your question is “because it’s perceived as the music of old, mostly conservative white men.” It’s not true, of course, but frankly, with the reactions to people like Beyonce, Kane Brown, and Lil Nas X, that’s really what makes the most sense to me anymore. There’s probably more to it, but that’s what comes to mind right off the bat for me.

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