Something’s happened to country music. At least Alan Jackson thinks so. In a recent interview with GQ the country legend was asked to share his thoughts on the current state of country music. In short, he doesn’t see much country out there but he’s hopeful it will come back.
“There’s some good music out there, but there’s not really much at all that’s real country music anymore on the mainstream country charts—what is nominated for awards—and it’s been going that way for years now, and I don’t know if it’ll ever come back,” Jackson opined in the interview.
But it’s not that he hates everything on the radio. He just doesn’t think it’s country. Even his former opener, Chris Stapleton, wasn’t given a pass. “I love Chris, he’s authentic. A real writer. Musician… But what he’s making now really isn’t real country: It’s more like bluesy, Southern rock kinda stuff. I love it, it’s great, but he’s the closest thing to country out there.”
Despite his gloomy outlook, Jackson is hopeful that some new Randy Travis will show up to bring country back to country radio. He sees young people listening to old country– stuff older than his music. He knows people would listen if someone made the music.
“I’m not bitter and I don’t expect radio at all to sound like Hank Williams in the ’50s, but there oughta be room for all of it out there. Because there’s fans for it out there.”
So, who’s going to step up and save country?