Country Music is Evolving! What Do You Think of This Evolution?

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Since the creation of music, there have been music critics. Music critics spend much of their time lamenting the loss of days gone by and basking in the warm glow of the “good ole’ days.” As music genres evolve, the groans from the critics peanut gallery seem to get louder. As jazz music morphed with jazz fusion, critics complained that the soul of the genre was being lost. As rap mixed with pop, hip hop was born and the critics complained that the culture of rap was being monetized and discarded. And as heavy metal gave way to hair bands…well...yes. The critics came howling.

The debate rages on today with country music. There are those who say it is becoming too mainstream and over-processed. There are also those who say that the purity of the art is being diluted because the focus is increasingly on putting out huge tours and big record sales. There are even those who say that country music is selling out.

Music is evolution. Music is the language that connects us all, and it would be terribly boring if it never changed. The world needs boundary pushers and innovators. While we should never lose our appreciation for where we’ve come from, we shouldn’t be afraid of where we’re going to go next. Let’s keep our roots but be comfortable with branching out.

At its core, country music and country life is about being true to oneself. Listen to what makes you happy. Sing what feels good to your soul. Whether there is a drum machine or a steel guitar, it doesn’t matter so long as you remember where you came from and live the moment you’re in.

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