When it comes to the debate of modern country music over tunes that have secured a place in our hearts, there is no shortage of arguments as to whether modern country music has overtaken the original sound so many have grown up with.
While many artists have addressed the conflict, two country music legends decided to criticize the newer country trends the best way they knew how: through a song.
Today in History: On this day in 2000, “Murder on Music Row" with Alan Jackson wins the CMA Country Music Association Vocal Event of the Year. pic.twitter.com/4oCv75TRpE
— Coy Bailey II (Subject To Change) (@coypaulbailey) October 4, 2018
Alan Jackson and George Strait joined forces to record the 2000 country hit “Murder On Music Row,” a song that, although never released as a single, received so much attention that it made it on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart!
The song indirectly criticized the pop-inspired country music transition that many classic artists felt had been diluting the genre’s roots.
Why, they even tell the Possum to pack up and go back home There's been an awful murder down on music row. pic.twitter.com/p3svuzdaWY
— A George Strait Fan (@naturalgeorge) August 27, 2014
“For the steel guitars no longer cry/ And you can’t hear fiddles play/ With drums and rock ‘n’ roll guitars/ Mixed right up in your face,” the song states.
Jackson and Strait were not the original singers of this brazen hit, as the first recording was done in 1999 by bluegrass band Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time.
This unforgettable duet later went on to win a CMA Award in 2000 for Vocal Event Of The Year, as well as 2001 Song Of The Year.
Listen to the tune below and tell us what you think!