When I was 16 I won tickets to go to the American Music Awards. One of the presenters there was "New Kids on the Block" when they came I immediately stood up and got ready to boo. Then I realized that nearly all of the crowd was yelling out things like "you suck" and "f-you f@gs" etc and I sat down because I felt sorry for them. I really hated their music and their fabricated image but it seemed like the whole place was attacking them as people and not as "artists".
I kind of feel the same way now......
While I am no fan of Kenny Chesney or much (if any) of the pop-country that is out today it really isn't fair to indulge in personal attacks against him. You can say these guys aren't real country music and that the music they sing is pre-fabricated garbage (and I would whole-heartedly agree) but why attack him for being gay? First of all, I don't think he is, but even if he was so what?
Faron Young was gay and he wrote a crap load of songs that anybody would consider REAL country songs. What does that have to do with anything?
It is clear that everyone here has a different opinion of what country music is. I would side more with bluesbob and Elduce's opinions on who are better and "real" artists. But this doesn't have anything to do with sexual orientation.
I'm kind of curious, I am a singer/songwriter that makes music that I call "West Coast Country" music. It's a little more hard core than standard country and brings in some elements from southern California. I like to think it is more in the vain of "real" country but I am curious what you guys would say. If you get a minute, check it out at www.myspace.com/williecash
Would you guys call this pop or "real"?
Sorry if this seems like Spam. I'm just wondering if the music in itself is the problem or the fact that it is so successful.