Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The article mentions a comment that Mark Chesnutt made on December 17 to The Salt Lake Tribune as he was promoting a concert stop there. Chesnutt's comment was "Nothing against her, but Taylor Swift is not traditional."
At first, I was like "duh," why was this being wrote about. Then, I noticed the posting included over 50 comments. I was amazed. Chesnutt is most certainly right. She is apart of the whole pop-country population of country music, just like I wrote about a few posts back. She isn't traditional country, like Chesnutt is most certainly is.
Now, my first issue comes with the writer of the blog entry. The blog begins like this:
When your career's not skyrocketing quite the way you planned, you have two choices. You can go with the flow and hope to ride the coattails of change. Or you can sound off about sticking to your roots, no matter how bitter it makes you seem.
Well. I don't believe that it has to do anything with his career. He most certainly has had a successful career, and continues to perform. Chesnutt would have made them same exact comment if he was at the top of the charts right now. But the above lines really got to me. Here is an artist that stands for tradition of true country music and takes pride in his artistic expression and the writer believes that he has two choices; either to sound off or ride the coattails... Please, he should be applauded (as I am) for his comments and in no way should an artist ever change to be consistent with the "popular" sound. He's not bitter; he is speaking the truth and being honest... nothing wrong with sharing his opinion, especially when asked.
Then, we have over 50 comments on this subject. From my count, 28 pro-Chesnutt remarks, 11 con-Chesnutt, and 15 or so that were commenting on other comments or had no opinion. So... 28-11. That in itself says a lot about country music's current trend of pop-country. The fans of country music are dying for the true sound. Maybe one day.
The comments ranged from someone saying that his comment made them want to go buy every album Chesnutt has recorded, thanking him for standing up, and another really interesting point made about how no longer that the artists pay their dues by playing for tips, on the street, anywhere they can for however how long for pennies to "make it" in the country music business. So very true now thinking about it, well, anyway, that's another day's post.
Some of the negative comments included things such as Chesnutt is jealous, rude, distasteful, and thinks Swift is country because she wins the awards and things. (Ha. That's funny.) Then there was the comment that traditional country is for grandparents and pop-country is for younger people. That's sad that this thought is out there.
With that sad, I am certainly glad mark Chesnutt said what he did and even more happy to see overall, people understand what he did say and majority believe in what he said. There is such a strong line between pop and traditional country music. I certainly hope in 2009 that some of the thoughts of true country music fans are heard and begin to hear true country music again.