In an interview before his show at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey Pennsylvania, Aldean spoke out against those who consider him “a card-carrying member of the bro-country scene” and is against the term in general.
“It bothers me because I don’t feel like it’s a compliment. To me, it’s sort of a backhanded thing that comes from a very narrow-minded listener, and I don’t know who came up with that ridiculous term.” Aldean said in an interview with Penn Live.
The term “bro-country” was coined in 2013 by music journalist Jody Rosen and quickly became associated with musicians who sing about what is considered overtly macho themes – beer, women, and partying.
Aldean is not the first artist to defend his music and is not the first country musician to push back against the term “bro-country.”
And it isn’t just the male country musicians on the defensive! In an April interview to Billboard Magazine, singer Miranda Lambert came to the defense of her country musician counterparts. Miranda said: “I don’t know where ‘bro-country’ came from or what it really means, but a lot of those guys are my buddies and I support their music.”
Aldean also points out that while some of his songs might fall into the definition of “bro-country,” he has also written several songs that are of significantly more substance. “If you would take a minute and look at my catalog of songs over the years, there are songs that, I guess, fit whatever the hell that description of ‘bro-country’ is, but at the same time we’ve got songs like ‘Fly Over States’ and ‘The Truth’ and ‘Amarillo Sky.’” Aldean said in the same interview with Penn Live.
What do you think? Is it time to lay off bro-country? Or is this a music genre term with staying power?
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