The never-ending argument about the state of today's country music took an explosive turn yesterday thanks to ZAC BROWN. He decided it was time for some brutal honesty in an interview with Vancouver, Canada's JRFM.
He trashed what he considers the homogenized music churned out by the Nashville songwriters, the trite lyrics that get rehashed in hit after hit . . . and he even blasted his "friend" LUKE BRYAN.
It started when he was asked for his take on the critics of today's country. He said, quote, "I'm one of those critics because there's not a lot of the country format that I enjoy listening to. To me, country music has always been the home for a great song.
"[But] If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, Daisy Duke song, I wanna throw up. There [are] songs out there on the radio right now that make me be ashamed to be even in the same format as some other artists."
Zac blames those terrible songs on the Music Row songwriters who are paid to churn out hit after hit. He says, quote, "You can look and see some of the same songwriters on every one of the songs.
"There have been like ten Number One songs in the past two or three years that were written by the same people and it's the exact same words just arranged different ways."
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For some reason, he was asked about LUKE BRYAN'S new song "That's My Kind of Night" . . . and he did NOT hold back. He said, quote, "I love Luke Bryan and he's had some great songs, but this new song is the worst song I've ever heard.
"I see it being commercially successful in what is called country music these days, but I also feel like that the people deserve something better than that.
"Country fans deserve a song that really has something to say, something that makes you feel something. When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre."
According to Zac, there is a lot of good music out there, it just doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. He says, quote, "It does make me sad that there's a lot of great songs out there and they're not going to see the light of day because they're competing with these tailgate songs."
Zac's brutal assessment of country music is one thing . . . but trashing a fellow country artist like Luke Bryan is almost uncalled for. In fact, soon after this all blew up he took to his Twitter page to explain. He wrote, "My opinion is not about Luke as an artist, it's about that song. He didn't write it. I'm a fan of Luke, but definitely not that song."
I'm not going to pass judgment on Zac's statements because I believe a lot of other country artists believe the exact same thing . . . they're just way too chicken to say anything in public.Calling out the Nashville establishment can kill an artist in the pocket and nobody wants that. Malcontents don't get award nominations, or slots performing on awards shows. You think anyone will come out to support Zac? I doubt it.