Has country music lost it’s tune?

Recently, I have found that there has been some controversy over whether country music has “lost it’s tune”. Many artists have been labeled as country, but are heard world wide as a pop-country crossover artist. In just one car ride, I have heard Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” both on my local pop radio station.

“I think a lot of the music that’s being played on the radio sounds more like ’70s pop than it does country music. There’s room for that, but if you’re going to call it country music, for God’s sakes, let’s hear some country,” says Billy Block, a radio producer.

Numerous country artists have complained that the loss of steel guitars and banjos is interferring with the true heart and soul of country music. If such factors, as well as others, are absent from the so-called “country music” should it be considered country at all? Are such artists changing the ways of country music? And is the change improving or damaging the music?

The full article mentioned above could be viewed here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=130057&page=1

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by hikeagiant2 on May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Well – I probably don’t know enough about country music to comment intelligently, but…here goes anyway.

    Even to my uninitiated consciousness, I would be bound to say that country music has had to evolve given the technology and avenues of delivery that have grown to dominate the industry. Long gone are the days when one could survive on single shows on a single stage with simple acoustical equipment. The venue has changed, the music and musicians have had to change with the times.

    That said, is what is written and sung today truly country? Used to be a country song had to have, in the words of Harry Chapin, wailing guitars, weeping women and a truck. Were those just simpler times, or is the ‘human condition’ something universal?
    Is country music a ‘philosophy’ or does it depend on the instruments?

    Ms. H

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  2. i dont think it has lost its tune, i think it has just changed its tune. country today is not like how country was in the 80s or even 10 years ago. but eveyr genre of music goes through a stage like this. Rap is not the same, hip-hop, pop…every genre eventually changes. new country songs that bands are singing is just a different style of music, its modern country. its 2010, we aint livin in da 80s anymo

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  3. Posted by Bob on June 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hello,
    I personally have been listening to country all my life and I have seen a change in past years. Folks like Taylor Swift have been really expanding the country music audience, but it is with pop songs. Its definitly not pure conventional country. I miss the old George and Hank songs that were on the radio!

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  4. Posted by Susan on June 10, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I think Country music hasn’t lost its tune. I still listen to the old stuff that I love and I love the new stuff too. Its just changing to fit in with the times.

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