this is just my humble opinion, but didn't we hear this same sort of discussion when we were kids?
I'm going, I'm going to have fun, and I LOVE the old country. But guess what? Times, they are a'changin'. And if you can roll with the punches, you'll have fun too!
As for me, YES, I'll be watching Big and Rich, and Rascal Flatts. Are they my faves? No, I'd much rather attend a Patsy Cline concert. But hmmm, since she can't be here (I'm sure she'd have loved to grace us with her presence!) I'll be watching The Judds, Gretchen Wilson; Don't you, steel, agree that even Gretchen, a "newbie" in the country world, has embraced that old country sound with a new twist?
LET'S HAVE FUN! Y'all look for us, we'll be livin' as cheap as we can with two little boys in tow! But OMG, we are going to have FUN!
Yes, Sweet T, Gretchen has some great songs, "When I think about cheatin'" is one that comes to mind. She is an expample of a new country artist that maintains a country feel in many of her songs while still being innovative enough in other songs to bring in younger listeners. And she does that with out selling out and playing the "In Sync with a banjo" type new songs out there. There are many artists out there right now playing new country music that is good. I would like to hear more Paisley, Toby Keith, Gretchen, Strait, Jackson, on the radio than I do. I am not talking about "old" country music either. Unfortunately, most new popular country music is just that. Pop. It is being pushed at us to draw larger and younger crowds. I voice my opinion as many others do. Obviously they feel the same way I do. So, I don't roll with the punches I fight back. I play traditional country music and new country music with traditional feel. Hopefully others will see the light.
Well Steel, you've made a very good point. Funny you mentioned "When I think about Cheatin'" it's one of my top 5 faves of hers. Sounds like we have very similar taste in country music, I want to hear "real" country too. My point was that the music industry is lead by the $$, and unless Me N You types start spending more on music, well, we just have to let the young people decide. Sucks. Yep, but it's the nature of the beast.