I didn't watch the CMAs. What's defined as "country music" these days mostly doesn't interest me. Once in a while I'll hear something labeled mainstream country I like, but I rarely think of it as "country." I usually file it with the rest of pop music, be it Britney Spears, the Black Eyed Peas or Rihanna. No big deal. But I start to feel like Steve Buscemi's character in Ghost World, where he goes to see an ancient bluesman and after the real thing is treated to Blueshammer. It might be someone's cup of preferred tea, but it's not what they think it is.
It's not a puritanical thing. I don't care that this music exists. Celebrate it all you want. But stop calling it country music. Call it Billy Joel. Call it Kiss. Throw a crapload of hyphens together and let it be that. Cosmopolitan-Country-Pop? If music is to continue, it has to cross-pollinate with other genres and these things will happen. The pop machine will determine the prettiest get the most votes. It's always been like that.Read More »from 25 “Real” Country Artists