Alright, so we’ve talked about dirt roads. We’ve talked about Pop Singers. What’s missing from our rants and raves about what Nashville has done to ruin the name of Country Music, in the modern world? Hmm…AHA! I know…NAME DROPPING! Here we go…
Ever since Hank Williams Jr. released the song “A Country Boy Can Survive”, everybody has tried to have their own song just like that! That’s never been more obvious than it is now. But, the problem is not so much that they try to copy the song. The problem is, they reference that song every chance they get, and they name off the same artists, as if they’re just words: Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. And, they rarely say Hank Williams. They say “Hank” or “Ol’ Hank” or something like that, as if they’re connected to him somehow. I heard a song the other day by a guy named Brantley Gilbert, and of course, the music sounded like Slipknot. And, as expected he sounded like Jethro when he sang, and as expected, he sang about “redneck hell yeah dirt road” things. The chorus contained the most irritating name dropping I’ve ever heard. It referenced “Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon” all in the same breath. He’s not the only one who’s done this, though. Other modern Nashville artists have gone the route of name dropping legendary Country artists, in hopes that it will somehow validate their own music. Here’s the problem with that, though. The new artists have no talent. They CERTAINLY aren’t on the level of Cash, Hank, Willie, or Waylon, and they certainly don’t play the same style of music! But, if you combine the dirt roads with the name dropping, they think it’s hard to not call them country. I mean, after all, you find dirt roads when you’re in the country, and you hear Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon in Country music, so obviously, if these guys write songs with lyrics about both of those things, that automatically makes them Country artists, right? WRONG! Take this as a lesson, kids: Name dropping established, respected, legendary artists DOES NOT validate your own music! If anything, it just shows that you’re perfectly fine with riding off their name and the name of Country music, and you’re perfectly fine with putting their names and the name of Country Music to shame. There’s nothing I can respect about that!
And with that, we’ve successfully wrapped up what’s wrong with Nashville! I’m surprised I didn’t die of high blood pressure problems! Thank you all for putting up with my rants over the past few months! I’ll be taking a break for a bit. Hopefully, we’ll meet again soon! For now, so long, have a Merry Christmas, and hopefully you’ve learned something from these posts!
Name dropping – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8peBUdlUNmM
REAL Country – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WXYjm74WFI