Merle Haggard says this new country stuff is cooling off and other things…

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Merle Haggard knows exactly his place in this crazy industry and that’s as a legend. And legends can’t be legends without speaking their minds right?!

ABC Radio shared a quote from Merle regarding the current state of country music and he didn’t hold back…

“They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature, I don’t find no substance. I don’t find anything you can whistle and nobody even attempts to write a melody. It’s more of that kids’ stuff. It’s hot right now, but I’ll tell you what, it’s cooling off.”

Well, if Merle says it…it has to be true…right?! Oh and he also called the sound a bunch of crap.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. janetnave@gmail.com'

    He is right BUT those boys are the ones on top. I do hope it ends soon.

  2. boss@fmtc.com'

    I have listened to country music since I was a little tyke, and I just turned 60, so I guess you could say I have credentials to comment. I listened to Merle when he was the new kid on the block, now its time to let go and let other “new kids” show us their music. To always hark back to the old days and say it was the the best and new stuff is crap strikes me as a fuddy-duddy, curmudgeonly attitude.
    If you like “old country”, change the station!!!!! There are options other than griping and complaining and trying to forcenew country singers ceate music that sound like the old moldy stuff. I enjoy the fun, upbeat style that is predominate in country music now. The real world provides all the depressing messages that old country music was noted for. Pick up a newspaper to read about lying and cheating, drug and alcohol addiction and broken families….the only thing it’s missing is a depressing melody.

    Please note, I never complained about old style country music in all the years I listened to it. I just quit listiening to it all together. New country music brought me back to the format and I have spent many delightful hours dancing in the kitchen to the sounds of Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, and their fellow hetero-county singers.

    I listen to new country music, exclusively, my radio presets tell the story. I buy CDs so I can learn the entire song-list of an artist, not just a single hit. I go to concerts and music fests to support the talent I enjoy. Based on all of this, I would say that the musicians, producers and station managers should have a concern for what I like to hear. When they start catering to the complainers, I’m gone. They will play what I want to hear or they lose my $$$$$.

    Just my 2 cents on the subject.

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