Blake Shelton is suddenly in hot water—as in not just boiling or steaming but scarring, scalding water—with country music traditionalists. A comment he made on a GAC special has come back to haunt him, as he seemed to be suggesting that folks who are partial to classic country are "old farts" and "jackasses" who should stop complaining, get out of the way, and make way for the new guard.
Blake Shelton... anti-traditionalist?There's something strangely ironic here. Shelton established himself early on in his career as a neo-traditionalist, himself. So how'd he come to suddenly be pilloried as the enemy of classic country?
The risible quote in question comes from a GAC Backstory special on Shelton that aired in December. Toward the end of the show, he declared: "If I am Male Vocalist of the Year, that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on..." (The interview was apparently taped before Shelton won an even higher plaudit, Entertainer of the Year, at November'sRead More »from Blake Shelton Responds To Traditionalists In ‘Grandpa’/'Old Fart’ Controversy