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On April 6th of next year, it will be six years since we lost one of the country music greats, Merle Haggard.
I was listening to some Merle, and reading some of his most famous quotes when I came across a gem of an interview he did with InForum back in 2015.
When asked about the current state of country music at the time, right in the thick of the bro-country wave of trash, the legend did not hold back one bit…
“I can’t tell what they’re doing. They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature.”
Luckily, that’s not happening as much these days, but there are still too many bros with horrendously poppy buzzword songs on country radio.
“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.”
He was right, it cooled off plenty, and since then we’ve seen a resurgence of more traditional country in the mainstream. But there’s still a long way to go, however.
Merle also made sure to praise his friend, Sturgill Simpson.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one out there – the rest of them sound like a bunch of shit to me.”
You are missed, Merle.
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