THAT AIN'T COUNTRY!!!!!

MAB'S MUSICAL STUFF 
"WHAT IS "COUNTRY"? 
Well, it must have recently been awards time, (haven't watched them in years), but the age old claims have popped up over and over again, "THAT AIN'T COUNTRY!!!" "All the acts, have changed,the music has changed, the looks have all changed, "it's just warmed over pop and it SUCKS!!!!" 
Well, yes, that is probably right from YOUR point of view. And in many cases, I might agree with you. I don't like much on radio, don't really pay attention to trends, or momentary blips on the radar screen, have my favorites, GEORGE JONES et. all, and wish it was still around. 

ACTUALLY IT IS. There is STILL traditional country out there, there is still pretty much everything you want is out there. You just have to go find it. A lot of it now falls under the "AMERICANA" category. But you need to understand something, if you are over about 30 years old and are tied to "old country", TODAY'S MUSIC IS NOT FOR YOU! You are NOT the target customer nor the demographic. Honestly, YOU ARE A DINOSAUR! Sorry, but that is just the way music is. It always changes and moves forward! 

Think about when you were 15,16,17 years old. Is that music still on the radio? Nope! Am I supposed to get all worked up because the music of the ARCHIES, THE MONKEES, THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN" are not on the mainstream radio? Nah! And a LOT of that was vapid at that time. It's what we listen to as "teeny boppers!"  
I always quote TONY BROWN, who was the head of MCA records and a producer of people like REBA MCENTYRE, who once told me while we mutually waited for a dinner table, "IF COUNTRY WRITERS WRITE IT, COUNTRY PUBLISHERS PUBLISH IT, COUNTRY ARTISTS RECORD IT, COUNTRY LABELS RELEASE IT, COUNTRY RADIO PLAYS IT, COUNTRY PRESS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY COUNTRY FANS, EMBRACE IT,  
IT IS COUNTRY!"
  
Now we may not think so, but guess what, WE HAVE NO SAY IN WHAT IS AND IS NOT COUNTRY! And guess what else, "were in a LONG line of what is and is NOT considered "COUNTRY." 
In the 20's, there were people who claimed that JIMMIE RODGERS the FAther of Modern country music, and a distant cousin of mine, was NOT country. He was a "Blues singer, playing that damn N####****" music!" (an actual quote from the day) 

In the 50's and 60's, they thought the "Country Politian" sound of strings, and "moooing background singers"of PATSEY CLINE, and JIM REEVES, were NOT COUNTRY!  
In 1976, Charlie Rich, BURNED THE ANNOUNCEMENT at the CMA awards that JOHN DENVER had won "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR!" 
Yep, pulled out a cigarette lighter and lit it on fire. Weren't as many rules about no smoking at that time. 

In the 80's, 90s, people like Alabama, Exile, Lee Greenwood, were POP SINGERS, and rock bands. Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt were rock singers, with big stage shows, lights and lasers.  

In the 2000's, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, were all slammed as "THAT'S AINT COUNTRY.!" I recently heard a younger singer I was working with tell me what she wanted her music to be. She said, " I want it to be country, but not that OLD TRADITIONAL SOUNDING STUFF LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT." 

So that's the way it always is. I've been here since 1988 and all I've ever seen stay the same is one generation complaining about the generation replacing it. Need to GET A GRIP!!!! It's NOT YOUR COUNTRY! NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. IF you are not out there buying the product, merchandise, going to shows, supporting the venues, joining the fan clubs and mailing lists of your favorites, YOU ARE NOT THE TARGET MARKET. Sorry! 
And for songwriters and artists, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WRITE WHAT IS ON THE RADIO!!! Be yourself. Maybe YOU'LL set the trend that leads the way in the next few years. Maybe someone will be saying YOU'RE NOT COUNTRY! You'll be in vogue. 

Just keep this in mind. I recently finished a book by a writer named Jack Isenhour. It's called "THE TRUE STORY OF MAKING OF THE GREAEST COUNTRY RECORD OF ALL TIME. He talks about when the song came out, the producer, a very successful guy at the time, had "RUINED COUNTRY, by putting the "wailing background singers and the strings all over this song and had destroyed everything. They said the singer had "sold out", and was not country, Just a wanna be pop star."  

That singer was GEORGE JONES. The song was "HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY." Considered the GREATEST COUNTRY SINGER AND GREATEST COUNTRY SONG IN HISTORY. 
Guess that wasn't country either. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it and deal with it and make your own contribution. Get over it. 
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  • Marc-Alan Barnette
    Marc-Alan Barnette
    Hi, While "cowboys" are sometimes mentioned in some country music, that actually has changed dramatically over the past 20-30 years. Country artists are more likely to wear plaid shirts, baseball caps, (backward or forward) and have more in common with rappers than any of the old sequened stars of the 50's or 60's. It is increasingly Urban, and far away from riding the range. Nashville and country has always had a bit of a confusing image in ways. They were strapped with the "Country and Western" label, and the songs you mention of Cowboys, riding the range, etc. But that was NEVER actually Nashville or country music. The "Western" image was actually created more by Hollywood in the 40's and 50's with television serials, artists like Tex Ritter, Roy Rodgers, etc. and were actually more California and Texas, or the Southwest, than Nashville ever was. That type of music was always quite rare in Nashville and the country music mainstream. Which always begs the question to people who come to Nashville for a visit and find NO country music that they are expecting. Much more rock edge. The horses gave way to pickup trucks and veered away from the Twangy guitars in the 80's. And if you view the history of country in regarding to the "Mainstream", all of that was left behind many years ago, Like everything, vestages of it still exists, but in a very small sub category. Apparently you found this out in the concert you attended, There are stereotypes in every aspect of life and everyoe looking on the outside find it easy to draw those stereotypes. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll find it is quite different than most people ever realize. I hope you had a pleasant experience, and investigate more music that is out there either country, roots, or Americana music or whatever genre you like. There is a lot of it out there for the finding.

    Hi,

    While "cowboys" are sometimes mentioned in some country music, that actually has changed dramatically over the past 20-30 years. Country artists are more likely to wear plaid shirts, baseball caps, (backward or forward) and have more in common with rappers than any of the old sequened stars of the 50's or 60's. It is increasingly Urban, and far away from riding the range.

    Nashville and country has always had a bit of a confusing image in ways. They were strapped with the "Country and Western" label, and the songs you mention of Cowboys, riding the range, etc. But that was NEVER actually Nashville or country music. The "Western" image was actually created more by Hollywood in the 40's and 50's with television serials, artists like Tex Ritter, Roy Rodgers, etc. and were actually more California and Texas, or the Southwest, than Nashville ever was. That type of music was always quite rare in Nashville and the country music mainstream. Which always begs the question to people who come to Nashville for a visit and find NO country music that they are expecting. Much more rock edge.

    The horses gave way to pickup trucks and veered away from the Twangy guitars in the 80's. And if you view the history of country in regarding to the "Mainstream", all of that was left behind many years ago, Like everything, vestages of it still exists, but in a very small sub category.

    Apparently you found this out in the concert you attended, There are stereotypes in every aspect of life and everyoe looking on the outside find it easy to draw those stereotypes. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll find it is quite different than most people ever realize.

    I hope you had a pleasant experience, and investigate more music that is out there either country, roots, or Americana music or whatever genre you like. There is a lot of it out there for the finding.

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