Country music icon Clint Black rallied up one heck of a career, having more than 30 songs reach the Billboard country charts and recording over 9 studio albums! This singer is a force to be reckoned with! Black sat down with Lawrence Journal-World for an interview that revealed the singer’s honest opinion on today’s modern country music! The “Killin’ Time” singer was informed of the profound argument that modern country lacks the authentic storytelling element used by legends such as Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, in addition to relying on a more “manufactured sound”. Upon being asked his opinion on the claims, Black admitted,
“There is some validity to that claim. Change is constant, and we’re all guilty of clinging to the past, but country music has always grown its audience by collecting new fans and keeping the existing fans. I feel the targeting of the youth has driven a lot of longtime fans away.“
Black was then asked if he had foreseen any of these drastic genre changes, boldly confessing,
“Not in the beginning. But I did foresee the inclusion of rap and pop coming and lamented that. I’m not a fan of rap and there are some elements of pop that I feel are just cheap in terms of writing quality. Some will stand the test of time, but much of what is cheap about music and lyrics will not.“
The singer did praise 2016 International Achievement Award winner Kacey Musgraves, claiming that he is very “impressed with her style, performance, and the material.”
How do you feel about his comments?