Country Artists Sing The Economic Blues
May 19, 2009 at 3:10 PM (PT)
Today's (5/19) TENNESSEAN features a spotlight on Country music, in comparison to other genres when releasing songs of economic woes. The article points out that "with its populist leanings, Country music has been the fertile ground for songs about economic hardship."
Current charts from other genres like Pop, Rock and R&B are "heavy with dance tracks," whereas some of Country's notable artists are recently singing about "Shuttin' Detroit Down" (JOHN RICH) and having the "Red, White & Pink Slip Blues." (HANK WILLIAMS JR.)
RICH said: “Our radio stations, our artists, our songwriters - we are allowed to talk about anything we want to. Country can talk about things that other stations won’t talk about because they (other stations) say, ‘My audience doesn’t want to hear anything but party music,’ or ‘They don’t want to hear anything that rocks too hard.’ Country music doesn’t have that. It’s rock to party to patriotic to ‘Shuttin’ Detroit Down.' "
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