My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

News: Why country’s decline is a good thing

8 responses to “News: Why country’s decline is a good thing

  1. Paul W Dennis January 20, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Interesting article, although I am not as sanguine about the future as the author.

    I hope we are seeing a regeneration of the genre . It has been a long dry spell, roughly 2005-2015 with very little quality music and virtually nothing memorable coming out of Nashville

    • Razor X January 20, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Time will tell. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m feeling more optimistic than I have in a long time. Maybe we’ve finally bottomed out. The plummeting sales can only help fuel some sort of change,

  2. Ken January 20, 2016 at 7:49 am

    The Music Row record execs and producers in control of the Nashville music business today are NOT fans of any music that could be construed as “traditional country.” They are died-in-the-wool supporters of pop,rock & hip-hop (note that the word “country” is missing from their description) Their dream come true would be to discover the next Taylor Swift type act that would abandon country for pop and bring them the big $$$$. You cannot resurrect a genre when the gatekeepers will not allow it. I’m not hopeful nor do I expect a change from the current status quo. It would be like expecting something intelligent to come out of Sarah Palin’s mouth. It will never happen.

    • Erik North January 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

      To add to your point, Ken, it can also be said that those producers probably have very little knowledge of country music to start with; and what little they have probably goes only as far back as Garth Brooks, which in my opinion isn’t nearly far enough. But it can also be said that, with the obsession in the corporate recording industry of making boatloads of cash, and this is true in ALL genres, not just country itself, success and failure are so often determined by quarterly earnings reports, not whether the music is any good or the artists are any good. And the truth is that such a mentality has guided the business for several decades now, resulting in very little great music being played anymore on the radio like it was in the 1960s and 1970s, or the huge country music boom of the 1990s.

    • Razor X January 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      They will allow it to happen if there is money to be made from it. Whether or not that can happen is another story. Maybe there are a few more Chris Stapletons out there that will have surprise breakthroughs.

    • Paul W Dennis January 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Other than from John Kasich, I’m not sure anything intelligent has come from the mouth of any politician, not Palin, not Trump, not Obama or Hillary

      I do agree – I don’t think the gatekeepers will allow it
      Long live Tracy Pitcox at Heart of Texas Records

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