We’ve seen various artists cross genres over the years.
Darius Rucker left his alternative rock group Hootie & The Blowfish to pursue country music, Machine Gun Kelly has gone back and forth between rap and punk rock, Barry Gibb is dipping his toes in country music after his rock and disco career with the Bee Gees, and even A.J. McLean from The Backstreet Boys had the audacity to try and “disrupt” the country music genre (we all know how that turned out).
Point is, many people have stepped out of their boundaries to try something new in music. For some people, it’s worked out great, and for others, it failed miserably (looking at you A.J. McLean).
Last night, Matthew McConaughey’s “We’re Texas” virtual benefit concert was a huge success, raising $267,000 thus far for victims of the awful Texas snowstorm.
Not gonna lie, when I saw Post Malone’s name, I was fully expecting him to be on stage rapping “White Iverson.” But no, he was singing COUNTRY MUSIC with Dwight Yoakam’s band. And he crushed it.
Malone played Sturgill Simpson’s “You Can Have The Crown,” and also Brad Paisley’s 2002 hit, “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” and needless to say, I was shocked at how damn good he really is.
He’s stated many times that he’s been influenced by country music all his life while growing up in Grapevine, Texas, but right here… it’s pretty easy to see that he loves covering the genre. I mean, just look at his face during the steel guitar solo.
Now, I’m not saying that he should drop this entire rap career and go country, but every bone in my body wants to see the guy release a country project at some point in the (very) near future. The man has some serious talent that goes way beyond rap.
“You Can Have The Crown” – Sturgill Simpson
Post Malone = BIG country guy.
His Shania Twain love has been well documented, he rocked a Dolly Parton outfit on stage at Bonnaroo, he’s talked about his desire to work with George Strait, and now, we even have Sturgill looking to produce a live instrument Post Malone album.
He’s repped Tyler Childers and Colter Wall with t-shirt and recently hung out with Billy Strings… the dude knows his country. Now if only we could get him in the studio with Sturgill Simpson.
And remember folks, this was all for charity so drop a few bucks in the tip jar if you can.