Letter: Lament for country music of a bygone era
To the editor:
My wife, her parents and myself watched the Billboard Music Award show Sunday night, May 18. We honestly thought we would hear some good musical performances. Oh how wrong we were.
Most of the ‘artists’ we have never heard of and the snippets of their music/songs we did hear we are glad we didn’t have to sit through the whole song. We were looking forward however to see which country music artist would win and see the Michael Jackson hologram, which was quite good by the way. Also the duet of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.
The performance of Carrie and Miranda was dismal to say the least. I don’t know, but we could hardly understand a word they were shrieking and the song just seemed to drag on far to long. Maybe that’s because it was terrible. Both are good singers on their own so lets hope they don’t sing together again.
I don’t know when or how it happened but rapping does not belong in country music. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Hank Snow, Brooks and Dunn even Hank 3 are country artists. We have not heard of Florida Georgia Line before and in our homes we will not hear them again, how can anyone call that crap country music. Even the likes of Luke Bryon or any of the ‘new’ country artists that want to rap should not be performing country music.
Country music has gone from Walking After Midnight, the story of searching for a lost love, to The Quarterback where the quarterback gets a naïve young girl drunk, has sex with her and posts the pictures on the Internet. The new so-called country music has gone down the toilet.
Which brings me to the local country radio station. They play this new country crap so there is no radio station that plays decent country music anymore. Us older folks like older music, we do not have to conform and put up with this new crap.
Yes there is Internet radio and TV channels that play great older country music but you can’t get these in the car.
Bring back good/great country lyrics and a radio station that plays them.
Thanks for ‘listening’ to a disappointed music lover.