Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:50 pm
intheghetto wrote:At a live show in New York while reffering to his country roots Tom Petty was quoted as saying that current country music was 'bad rock with a fiddle'. From what I've heard he's getting some heat from opposing camps. Too bad, because I agree with him 100%!!!!
Some artists are for whatever reason, not real candid when it comes to criticizing contemporary music. Maybe they don't want to offend or lose anybody in their audience, but I love when people like Tom Petty are honest and up front when it comes to the obvious.
More here ----->>http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/tom-petty-slams-modern-country-as-bad-rock-with-a-fiddle
Tom Petty is the latest, fielding a slow lob right over the plate in an interview from Rolling Stone reporter Patrick Doyle posted today, and hitting it out of the park. Following up on an anti modern country rant Petty delivered from the stage of the Beacon Theater in New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a story whose subtitle is “Singer also discusses songwriting and criticizes modern country music…”
Well, yeah I mean, I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the shittier stuff gets. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it?
But I hope that kind of swings around back to where it should be. But I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle Eighties where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos. I don’t want to rail on about country because I don’t really know much about it, but that’s what it seems like to me.
Petty, whose music has always carried country influences despite being labeled as rock, spent a portion of his set at New York’s Beacon theater explaining his country roots after polishing off a version of The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” Petty said the country music he listened to was “not like it is today, like bad rock with a fiddle.” Then Petty and The Heartbreakers played Conway Twitty’s “The Image of Me.” It is a song he plays somewhat regularly live, and is included on his Live Anthology Box Set.
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:55 pm
Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:44 am
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:19 am
KHoots wrote:Tom Petty is not wrong on all counts, I grant you that. But I will say that I would bet his comments are not based on his listening to the country music genre on a day-to-day basis.
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:33 pm
KHoots wrote:Tom Petty is not wrong on all counts, I grant you that. But I will say that I would bet his comments are not based on his listening to the country music genre on a day-to-day basis. The genre is not better than it used to be, or worse. It's different.
Never heard of Kenny Chesney? Seriously? Check the numbers that man has put up in the past ten years. Not knowing what he has done shows one's ignorance. Darius Rucker? He is the former lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish who has crossed over into country music, and very successfully. If you listen to anything he has done in the past three years, you'd know what an outstanding artist he is.
I get that country music is the ugly step-child of most people who love music; and, it likely will always be that way. I used to reside in that camp myself. But trust me--and I am sure that you won't--there are many outstanding talents who call today's version of country music their home, and they are among the finest talents in the music business. Keith Urban being at, or near, the top of that list. It is no coincidence that so many "classic" rock artists are leaning towards todays country music genre to get their music heard.
Remember, not knowing who these people are--or the work they've done--does not automatically make them untalented. Open your ears, folks. Lots of great talent out there.
Having an opinion is one thing. Being informed is another.
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:29 pm
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