What has happened to country music?

Posted by Greg on Sep 9, 2010 in Music |

So Josh Kelley becomes the latest soft-rock castoff to tackle the country charts. He joins Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies), Jaron Lowenstein, Uncle Kracker and Jewel to name a few.

At what point does country music just change its name to country/soft-rock. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing entirely wrong with this trend or these artists. Hell, I like them all. I’m just wondering when the country got sucked out of country. Pointing the finger at these five though feels a bit too harsh though. Let’s broaden the scope, after all Jessie James’ “Boys in Summer,” sounds more like
Miley Cyrus than Pam Tillis, while Sons of Sylvia sounds more akin to Semisonic than Hank Williams. Even Billy Ray Cyrus has changed up his act. His super-group Brother Clyde channels hard-rock on their lead single, “Lately,” while Lissie tackles singer-songwriter sensibilities not unlike Carole King.

Is this a sea change? An evolution? Or just a natural progression. Either way it’s not the country of yesteryear that’s for damn sure.

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