Country music legend Merle Haggard isn’t cruisin’ around listening to today’s country hits.
When asked about the current state of country music, the 78-year old told InForum, “I can’t tell what they’re doing. They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature. I don’t find no substance. I don’t find anything you can whistle, and nobody even attempts to write a melody. It’s more of that kids’ stuff. It’s hot right now, but I’ll tell you what, it’s cooling off.”
However, he did sing the praises of rising singer-songwriter, Sturgill Simpson.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one out there,” Haggard said. “The rest of them sound like a bunch of [crap] to me. He comes out and does a great show.”