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.”
Martina McBride, not the drunk one…the real one Tweeted THIS:
@blakeshelton Just catching up on this. We all know where your heart is Blake. Love you.
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) January 25, 2013
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:
— Easton Corbin (@eastoncorbin) January 25, 2013
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:
My husband has taught me so much about country music. He studies it. He loves it. It’s his life’s work. @blakeshelton we all have your back!
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) January 26, 2013
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??