Ryan Humbert is sick and tired of country music being pigeonholed.
With some of the general (and uninformed) public proclaiming that country music is written for ignorant hooligans who have nothing to do with their day but chew tobacco and party off the back of their truck, Humbert seems to be on a one-man mission to reclaim the genre!
The up and coming country star from Akron-Canton, Ohio, wants to help reshape the current state of country music for the everyone with his clever lyrics, thoughtful compositions, and honest sentiments. In other words: He wants country music to get back to its roots. And best yet? He’s doing it with the sense of humor and cleverness that only a country boy could do.
Humbert’s current music project, “Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts,” doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it is on a mission to show that country music should be about more than songs about bars and ex-wives. He also wants to show that country music is about more than a dozen steel guitars twanging loudly. And why is he on this mission? Because he worries that the true essence of country music is getting lost in the drum machines and auto-tuners.
“Some new country music fans might not even know what a real country song sounds like.” said Humbert in a recent interview with The Beacon Journal. “A song that sounds like Poison mixed with hip-hop back beats and the same boring theme? How can you say that’s country?”
He goes on to say that the most innovative and honest musicians in country music are the ladies. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The people making the best music in Nashville right now are the ladies.”
So, what do you think? Is country losing its roots? And if so, can Ryan Humbert save us all?
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