One aging music legend used a recent interview with the Branson Times as a platform to chide the current generation occupying radio playlists he once called home.
“It used to be about heart and soul, and now it’s all about demographics and the bottom line. They give these kids record deals before they can even hardly wipe themselves and invent their personalities in committees,” said the Hall of Famer, who began his singing career at 12 years old, billed as “Cousin Harry” on the weekly, family-themed Abilene Hoedown radio show during the late 1930s.
“We’re losing the heart of what makes country music great, and I won’t stand for it,” said the legend, whose early hayseed image gave way to coats and tails and lush orchestration during the Nashville Sound era of the ’50s and ’60s. Since being unceremoniously dropped by radio programmers during the ’80s, he has gradually returned to a more traditional country style, and become an increasingly outspoken opponent of modern Nashville country music.
“New country ain’t worth shit,” reads the first line of his website bio.
The singer will fall curiously silent on the inferiority of modern country music next week, when he’s asked to contribute a guest vocal to the new Tim McGraw album.