Country Music in 2021: "I think that your fans are a reflection of you and what you’re about."

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On the topic of Morgan Wallen's self-immolation and the country industry's insular and gatekeeping nature:

https://variety.com/2021/music/news/maren-morris-luke-combs-country-music-panel-seminar-1234910013

“This isn’t about going after people or a fan base for sport,” said Morris. “That doesn’t give me pleasure. But I think (saying) ‘We’re different; we’re country; we protect our own; we don’t go after people in public’ … Well, I mean, going after someone saying the N-word is bad? That’s the least we can do is not say that. [b]I think that your fans are a reflection of you and what you’re about.[b] And you can’t control a human being, but you absolutely can let them know where you stand. And I appreciate Morgan saying ‘Quit defending me’ to his fans, because it’s indefensible. And he knows that; we know that… All we can do is, so there isn’t an elephant in the room, is say that out loud and hold our peers accountable.

“I don’t care if it’s awkward sitting down the row from you at the next awards show — call them out! If this is a family and you love it, call it out when it’s bad, so you can rid the diseased part so we can move forward. All of us — (including) people of color, LGBTQ-plus, and all — feel like we are a part of this family. This whole ‘We’re a family; we’re protecting our own’ is protecting white people. It’s not protecting Black people, and that’s the long and the short of it.” She said that those who put out statements on social media saying “‘This is not representative, actually, of our town’ — I think that by saying it isn’t (representative) with this whole controversy is absolutely diminishing the plight of Black people in country music that are trying to make it in this genre… That is what they see representing it every day.”

A country artist's fans are a reflection of who the artist is and a moral burden should fall on the artist to directly
A country artist's fans' actions and decisions exist independently of the artist
It's complicated
I find your supposition unworthy of engaging with because this is not so much a case of artists wanting to do the work
I find your supposition unworthy of engaging with because introducing genre to this conversation is inherently wronghea
Other (please show your work)


That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:45 (two weeks ago) link

voted other: Don't know who these people are.

Mosholu Porkway (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

Fuck that cliche guy, yall come see us sometime: Rolling Country 2021

dow, Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

why fuck that guy?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Wallen? Musically and otherwise, he seems simultaneously slack and overactive: throwing all those cliches at us, running around partying nonstop, brain trying to catch up, sometimes. I do give him credit for *not* doubling down, tripling down vs. the "woke mob"--for at least *seeming* painfully embarrassed by his current status as a best-selling martyr-pariah, saying he's scheduled meetings w Nashville NAACP etc. to explain to him why he did the wrong thing---I kinda remotely feel for his excrutiation---except, at several have pointed out, he's already had several second chances. But, but okay, I withdraw "fuck that guy," for now.

(btw, Maren Morris was already targeted by many of the most vocal "anti-woke" Wallen defender-types, for criticizing the CMA Awards ceremony's mask-haplessness. Fuck allll of that kind of freedumb-fried kneejerkery-at-best. So "anti" the kind of country stereotyping so righteously enacted and then some, as the Trump Train rolls on, though it certainly didn't start w him)

dow, Thursday, 18 February 2021 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

I should say that I have not yet made myself listen to all of Wallen's double album---if it turns out to have some keepers, I'll admit it; I try not to blame the song for the singer.

dow, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

It's good but I understand refusing a listen.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:03 (two weeks ago) link

oh sorry dow I thought you meant luke combs

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

is there a translation of the poll options available

Left, Friday, 19 February 2021 00:00 (two weeks ago) link

It's good but I understand refusing a listen. Your saying that it's good encourages me to listen more, thx.

dow, Friday, 19 February 2021 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

a combination of the "good" and "gleefully moronic," let me insist

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 February 2021 02:16 (two weeks ago) link

I appreciate Maren Morris for the stand she is taking but not enough to listen to her music, which I have never liked

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 19 February 2021 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

I kind of like Rhiannon Giddens

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 19 February 2021 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

anyway most modern country music is aural white supremacy

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 19 February 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link


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