Fresh off a Gloriana concert at the county fair last night, local pop music fan Jeffery Schmidt is excited to dive headlong into the world of country music.
“I’ve always dismissed country because I thought it was all corny backwoods stuff, with the fiddles and banjos and songs about beer and dogs. But all of Gloriana’s show was really upbeat and peppy. Even though the one guy was strumming a banjo on some songs, I don’t think he even had it plugged in. It was almost like seeing Selena Gomez.”
“I went into the show pretty much hating country, but Gloriana absolutely won me over,” Schmidt added, imagining that he was offering proof of musical quality rather than a sad indication of how completely country music has forsaken its own identity to appeal to out-of-genre fans just like himself. “Now I’ve been wearing my little cowboy hat [purchased at the show for $25] everywhere and telling people they should listen to country music because it’s really good and probably not what they’re thinking. It’s young and hip and actually sounds a lot like Madonna. My friends are already joking that I’m ‘Mr. Country’ now.”
Contacted by email, Gloriana’s Tom Gossin was excited to hear of his band’s part in Schmidt’s conversion.
“As big fans of country ourselves, we’re so proud to be winning people over on behalf of the genre. If we can be the gateway – if people start listening to us and it leads them to honky tonk legends like Meryl Hagard or Jimmy Paycheck or the Eagles – we feel like we’ve done our job. We listen to lots of Meryl on the bus, but at the same time, she’s right next to Clay Aiken and Rihanna on my iPod, you know? We just love music.”
Gossin added that the band’s next album will have “more of a gritty, traditional country flavor” to it. Dann Huff is producing.
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