Is Traditional Country Music Dead?
I saw this headline this morning and I read the article on “The Boot.” I’ve grown up listening to, meeting, and playing the music of the traditional artists over the years. A couple of artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the past include George Hamilton IV (Abilene), the late Hank Thompson, The King of Western Swing (Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer), and Leroy Van Dyke (The Auctioneer). I’ve been to Nashville many times and have been to the famous nightclubs/bars where many artists got their start. I’ve had phone interviews with George Strait, one-on-one conversations with Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, and in my younger years I spent some late nights tipping a few with the likes of Aaron Tippin and Brooks & Dunn. I DJ’d in three major Country Nightclubs for over 15 years. While I love the traditional country artists and their music, I also like a lot of the new stuff that’s coming out. I just hope the new artists will never forget the roots of country music. It’s the reason they’re with us today.