Are The Good Times Really Over?

Okay…so that’s a Merle Haggard song title. That’s exactly my point, though. All of the greats are passing away, and nobody’s even close to being ready to fill their shoes. Granted, when a legend dies, nobody will EVER replace them, but there should always be somebody following in their footsteps, to an extent, enough to carry the flag of real Country Music to another generation. When Hank Williams and Left Frizzell died, we had people like George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash ready to carry the flag. Well, with the passing of George Jones earlier this year, we realized that Willie and Merle were the only two we had left. Ray Price has been in bad health for awhile, and hasn’t been able to tour much. So, you would think that, as a result, there would be somebody ready to carry the flag in mainstream Country, right? Well, you would be wrong if you assumed this! Nobody’s even playing Country music in mainstream Country anymore. It’s all Rock and Pop. Jason Aldean carrying the flag after George Jones?! Blake Shelton (piece of trash, I might add) carrying the flag after Waylon? Taylor Swift carrying the flag for ANYTHING?! Pardon my French, but HELL NO! These kids don’t have any idea what real Country is, although you would think they do, as much as they name drop names of legendary Country artists in the songs about dirt roads that they buy from music row songwriters. OOPS…did I just let a cat out of the bag that they don’t actually write their own material? Sorry! I didn’t mean to let everyone down! I know it’s hard to believe! These kids are just SO talented that you would think they write all their own stu…okay…I can’t even be sarcastic about it. Sure, we have people like Hank 3 and Dale Watson, but will you hear them on your mainstream Country station? No. So, therefore, who can carry on the flag in mainstream Country? Well, nobody’s qualified, so that’s it then. The good times must really be over. Enjoy it while you can, folks, and not to make you feel bad, but remember, you did this. You bought the records. You tuned into the stations. You went to the concerts. Don’t start crying when you realize you’ve wasted your money on processed garbage. Too late. Well, it was fun while it lasted. R.I.P. Real Country in Mainstream Music…we’ll miss ya! (The photo below is one I took inside one of the dressing rooms at The Grand Ole Opry. Couldn’t resist documenting the history. Somebody told me that nobody’s allowed to go in the dressing rooms, and they would kick you out. The tour guide was long gone, so I took their advice, and went inside to take a picture.)


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