“I’d Rather Be An Old Fart, Than A New Country Turd…”

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Where to start on this one?!?

Isn’t it crazy how social media can literally make you sick of hearing about something when in actuality it happened less than 24 hours ago.  (Is actuality a word?) That is how I feel about the Blake Shelton controversy. If you missed all the fun, here is a short recap.

Blake said THIS:

“If I am ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on. Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”

Then Ray Price said THIS:

“It’s a shame that I have spend 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song, have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKASS”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”

Then Blake said THIS: (In about 12 separate Tweets. Sheesh, someone show Blake how to use the Tweetlonger Ap!)

Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music”. The truth is my statement was and STILL is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY the way Mr. Price did along his journey as a mainstream country artist. Pushing the boundaries with his records. ‘For The Good Times’ is a perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music. It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended. I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and its future AND past is important to me. I’ll put my love and respect and knowledge about it up against anybody out there… ANYBODY…”

I want to give Blake a big fat gold star for standing behind his statement and not backing down. Since when has Blake Shelton ever held his tongue? I am a firm believer in the “don’t say anything you don’t mean and can’t stand behind” philosophy…BUT, if that was an “apology” it certainly was a pretty shitty one. I understand what he was trying to say in his comments and yeah, it is true….AND THAT IS PART OF THE PROBLEM, jackass.

That topic is a whole other blog that has been written a million times before by a million different people.

Besides, is re-recording “Footloose” really pushing boundaries? Bitch, please.

Where Blake pissed me off was when he used the words “nobody” and “grandpa’s music”…because I don’t want Blake Shelton or ANYONE for that matter, even if they are Entertainer of the Year, speaking for me. Beside, Blake IS a member of the Grand Ole Opry for shit’s sake! I personally don’t think that Blake meant to come across so disrespectful, but the truth is he did. I think he is cocky and that is why people do love him so much…but there is a fine line between cocky and confident and he really could have (and should have) issued a decent apology, or at least one that pretended to be less about defending himself and more about being sorry for showing such little respect for what ultimately gave him a fucking career to begin with…my Grandpa’s music.

Soooo….what are some of the “famous” people out there having to say about all this jibberish? Let’s take a little look-see:

Ray Stevens, (you youngeons Google him) released THIS statement thru his publicist:

“I just heard Blake Shelton’s remarks about ‘old farts and jacka–es’ and all I want to know is how he found out the title to my next single because it’s been a closely guarded secret here at the ‘Home.” It will be available on vinyl or 8-Track at your nearest Tower Records store.”

Funny right?

Martina McBride, not the drunk one…the real one Tweeted THIS:

Chris Young’s momma…errr, I mean Chris Young said THIS:

“Love what you meant by your quote buddy. Know how much you love country music history. Love your music brother and who you are.”

Easton Corbin Tweeted THIS:

The funniest thing I have seen so far about all of this bullshit had to be THIS video from Dale Watson:

I guess the last thing Blake has had to say about everything was THIS:

“What an interesting day. Turns out I have a lot of friends in this industry that refuse to jump on any band wagon and turn their back on me. And a handful that have no problem doing it…Publicity can make people do and say anything I guess… Oh well. Good news for me is… I don’t forget and won’t forget.”

Words of a man very sincere about his apology? Nah…he’s pissed.

I do like what Miranda had to say about everything:

You know Blake…I ain’t mad ‘atcha. I get it. I still like you, even if you are totally overexposed. I love the fact that you say what you mean and you do make me laugh. I won’t rush out and buy your music, but I never really did that anyway. No one can deny the fact that you are a great entertainer. I just don’t really think that because you are a judge on a reality television show and because you won an internet voted popularity contest, you are now one of the people who gets to decide if “Country Music” moves “forward and if it moves on”. The fans get to decide that and if RaeLynn is the future of this genre of music…just go ahead and count me out.

My question is…if no one wants to buy or listen to my grandpa’s music why do all the new artists keep dropping their names in all their shitty songs for all the kids to buy??

~Rb

 

13 Comments

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Leah

    Love it. Excuse me while I finish uploading my Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard albums to my iTunes.

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Dwight

    Blake Shelton is a big douche!

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    lynieb

    Oh my you said pretty much what I was thinking. I mean who made Blake the Keeper of Country Music? You do your thing Blake and I’ll keep supporting my thing.

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Kelli

    Amen!

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    Rob

    Honey Bee is the future of Country Music

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    Nashville crap

    Why do you think what Miranda said is so special? Blake taught her how to be just as much of a sell out as he is? Go Beyonce!

    Seriously,it’s like you think if you keep kissing her ass she’s going to call you up someday and take you on a date just because you’re both from Texas or something.Fuck Miranda Lambert. She has become just as much of the problem as Blake has.You treat her like a 13 yr old Taylor Swift or Justin Beiber fan treats them lol

    • Reply January 26, 2013

      Rita

      Oh my! You must not have been reading my blog very long because if I kiss Miranda’s ass…I must not be very good at it. Feel free to use the search engine and see what I had to say about such things as her album cover and about writing songs about trailers while wearing $1200 shoes.

      But with that said…I like how she stood by her man. Sorry, I do.

      I doubt Ran and I are going to be hanging out and going on a date anytime soon…so guess again.

      I love her music…sorry, I’m not sorry.

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    jo

    never impressed by blake shelton….never bought any of his music. over exposure is right

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    smelly braun boy

    This is why I love Dale Watson and Ray Price.

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    Jen Elder

    I HATE most of the new shit…which is why I listen to Red Dirt (it’s as close as I can get). I am 28 and I literally was country when country wasn’t cool. Everyone was listening to Boys2Men and Backstreet Boys and I had no clue who they were. I enjoy going to concerts to see artists such as Bill Anderson and Moe Bandy. I have to be one of the youngest generations who go to Branson to actually watch the concerts lol.

  • Reply January 27, 2013

    LolaK

    I know I am going to get hated on here and it’s ok, I am good with that! But I LOVE BLAKE!!!! I buy his music and I buy into him whole heartedly! I love what he did and I love that he stood beside it and I love that he is ok that he sells out and knows that the does!

    I love Miranda too! She stands by her man and I want to be her when I die and come back to life!

    And to Nashville Crap: Get off Rita’s Ass! She has never kissed Miranda’s ass and she isn’t about to start I can assure you! In fact I kinda wish she would kiss her ass so she could do a fun glittery sparkle interview with her but that’s another thing all together!!!!

  • Reply January 28, 2013

    Jess

    I love the fact that he covered a Conway Twitty song, name drops Conway in Hillbilly Bone, and Honey Bee….yet says no one listens to their grandpa’s music. Ever since Blake went to Hollywood, he changed inside and out. Just because you are a judge on some singing show doesn’t make you an expert on the subject.

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    KS Lady

    Ray Stevens- I’m 23 years old and still love me some Ray lol Glad he’s still got his sense of humor

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