I am a country music fan, for the most part outlaw & traditional country. However I do have to admit that I have seen Toby Keith in concert (twice) and Kenny Chesney as well (also twice.) So while I love Hank III and am still pissed off at Blake Shelton for his idiotic ‘old farts and jackasses’ comment — I am not the biggest anti-pop country guy out there.
Alan Jackson, who throughout his career has walked that line between honky tonk and mainstream country, without ever going full on “pop,” had this to say recently in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.
“It’s always been that constant pop-country battle. I don’t think it’s ever going to change,” Jackson said. “What makes me sad today is that I think the real country, real roots-y traditional stuff, may be gone. I don’t know if it’ll ever be back on mainstream radio. You can’t get it played anymore.”
I have to take exception to that statement, at least to a part of it. I don’t believe that real country music is gone at all, its alive and well and living on in artists like Hank III, Wayne Hancock, Dale Watson, Justin Townes Earl, Whitey Morgan and others. It’s the second part of what Jackson said is where sadly he’s right, you can’t hear traditional country music on the radio anymore — but who still listens to regular over-the-air radio?
Here’s just a snippet of some of the great country music you can find out there: