Skip to comments.Collin Raye's 'Voice' Sounds Off on Country Music's Decline, the Power of Faith in the Arts
Posted on 04/08/2014 9:32:32 PM PDT by This Just In
Country music has been very good to Collin Raye, and the chart topper returned the favor many times over with hits like Love, Me and My Kind of Girl.
Perhaps that's why Raye dedicates part of his new autobiography A Voice Undefeated to what he calls the genre's biggest problem. Today's country songs, he writes, too often lack the "real life, real love and real loss" qualities that capture the best the genre once offered.
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“about as emotional deep as toe pool”
As deep as spit on a sidewalk.
Now that’s deep. :^)
I’ve tried watching the country awards. Ay yi yi. I cant stand Blake Shelton.
Nashville aint got it without the Bakersfield style. I like George Strait and some om Miranda Lambert , Paisley and Brooks but the rest of it is kind of lame
I can think of two songs Blake Shelton has recorded that I’ll listen to. These are:
God Gave Me You
It’s All About Tonight
Grant it, there isn’t much to the second song, but I especially like the drive and groove.
Brad Paisleys, ‘Don’t Drink the Water’, featuring Blake doesn’t count. I like that song.
Sorry, but there would be no Bakersfield sound without Nashville. Buck Owens, the Mr. Bakerfield Sound himself, was influenced by those early Nashville giants.
I’m right there with you. Over the last few years I’ve listened less and less to the country station, the ‘new’ stuff is garbage imho.
I’ll stick with my cd’s and youtube for the real country sound.
Blake is funny! I love him. I’m not into country but I might start, because it have a city crush on nashville. I love watching him on the voice.
I never listen to radio, let alone country. The “hillbilly” anthems are enough to drive a man to drink.
I listen to my CDs, iPod, Grooveshark, or Rdio.
Nashville gone Hollywood ruins it.
Bottle and natural blonde little girls with no life experience singing about their “independence”...trying to be soulful without soul. Boy bands propped up by giant multinational corporations who pretend to be good ol’ boys.
What a joke.
Music should be about living a life and then singing about it. Johnny Cash, for instance.
I was country,
When country wasn’t kewel,
I was country,
From head down to my shoo ooze .....
I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison,and I went to pick her up in the rain,but before I could get to the station in my pickup truck,she got runned over by a damned old train.And, I’ll hang around as long as you will let me.And, I never minded standin’ in the rain.No, a’ you don’t have to call me darlin’, darlin’.You never even call me...Well, I wonder why you don’t call me.Why don’t you ever call me by my name?
I like Blake a lot personally but only care for a few songs. He’s a very personable performer, which has gotten him far. His songs are either home runs or strikeouts. Not many home runs.
I’m a retired pedal steel and Tele player. One of my best friends was a Buckaroo. He played steel for Buck for years. I tried listening to WGAR, “Cleveland Country,” on Sunday. It was like listening to The Buzzard, WMMS, during the Eighties! Power Rock ballads. It sure didn’t sound country to me!
I’ll take BOB WILLS and THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS any day! Western swing is the best, followed by Bluegrass.
Favorite song, “I’m feelin’ Bad”.
Don't get me wrong, I love country western music - just not the overproduced pop junk I hear mostly.
If you go to Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, you'll see bronze statues of Buck's influences : Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, George Jones (mmmm, White Lightnin)and Johnny Cash. (of course there's also a statue of Buck) LOL!!
Bears repeating, thanks, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens agree
Do you play the occasional gig? Naturally you still have your toys.....tell me you have your toys.
We’ve been in the music bus. for a long time, but have not played in Nashville. Took a break from playing pro. for a season. Raising kids become more important than the constant hustle for gigs, touring, and studio work.
We now have two kids who are musicians. One child (aspiring bass player, guitar, songwriter, singer) has a Strat, but really wants to get a Tele. When we were first looking at used guitars, I recommended a Tele, but he was set on playin’ a Strat. He loves SRV. Now he realizes how great the Tele’s are, so that will be his next big toy purchase.
One thing’s for certain: used Strat’s (American, Japan, or MIM) are easy to find. Tele’s......not so much.
Love that song
I don’t gig anymore. 20 years of playing 5 to 7 nights a week kinda burned me out. Plus, I’m not a fan of current Country, except for a few performers. I still have all my toys, about 20 guitars, and almost as many amps! 5 Teles, but I really only play the ‘91 MIJ with a late 60’s Maple neck and different pickups, and my old Strat, a ‘57 custom color,LPB. Going to start thinning the herd drastically. Shipping 2 ‘63 Shobuds to OK today, only getting one back after knee levers are added. It’s insane!!!!!!!! But when I’m gone, my Sister would hold a giant yard sale, and sell the Strat for 50 bucks, and think she got a good deal!
For all the purists, I recommend KOKE FM out of Austin. Independently owned and they play what they want, with no corporate soundtrack. I have heard artists there that I would never have heard anywhere else. Look them up on the web and you can listen to them online.
I was kinda waiting for that old vaudeville cane to haul Shelton and Bryan from the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards a few nights back.
You’re thinning the heard?! Don’t do it! I regret selling just about every instrument we ever owned. Sounds like you’ve got some killer gear. The thought of your sister having a yard sale after you’ve stepped over to the other side makes me light headed. :^)
Thanks Tarawa. I’ll be sure to ck that out.
My kids like country, which is better than (c)rap music, but comparing it to the real country music of Straight, Cash, Jones, Lynn, Parton... It’s not even close. It all sounds like a rock’n rap wannabe mutant.
My sister listens to country and it is all just meaningless crap. Too many songs about my partying, my truck, my fishin’ boat, my hot girl, my friend’s hot girl, how country I am and how country all my friends are.
Mostly just gimmicks and puns.
Thanks for recommending KOKE FM.
“I regret selling”
I know! I sold my Dr. Z Maz Jr, first one Doc made, and he made it for me! He called me one day and asked me to bring my old Strat to his plant. I sat there all day noodlin’ Gatton and Hellecasters, and Reed stuff while he subbed parts in and ouit of the prototype amp. I sold it to a very close friend who had been begging me for years to sell it to him. It’s the amp Joe Walsh played when inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. Hated to let it go, but ut was just collecting dust while I was art home playing my 56 Pro. The Z is gig gin’ again, and that’s good! Let’s not even talk about my Kline 12 string Universal steel,,,,,,,Argh!
My stomach started to turn when I read your post. I’m speechless.
Well, at least your buddy owns one. I say, let it collect dust. Our gear mostly consist of piano, keyboard, recording gear, acoustic and electric guitar, Fender P, trapset, and a heck of a whole lot of percussion instruments, etc. Back in the day, a drummaker hand-carved a Koa wood djembe for us. One of a kind. It was a beauty. My better half sold it when we moved along with a lot of other instruments. I try not to think about it.
Our son is a huge Reed fan. I showed him some Gatton, Lee, Red, and Hiland videos. He wanted to sell his sunburst MIM Strat for a Tele. I told him to not to. He’s 16 yrs old. Bought his Strat when he was 15. I had found a great used MIM Tele maple neck, blue w/white pg. it was a score, but he was set on the Strat. To this day he regrets that decision, but the Strats nice. Great action. Sweet tone. When we had it setup, the gtech said it was a score. The neverending gear story continues. :^)
Could I have your sisters phone #, and would you let me know when you’re at deaths door? JUST KIDDING!! Would LOVE to have a Tele AND a Strat! Had a great Boogie Body at one time that just played like butter, and was foolish enough to trade it for a Dano (which got traded for a banjo). I try not to let any of my stringed instruments go anymore. Still have the first bass I started playing back in 83. ‘Bout killed me to wear that thing for 4+ hours at a gig. HEAVY instrument.
He should hang on to his Strat! When he’s 60, he will still have his first guitar, and will be glad he has it!
I’m thinking of selling my newer stuff, that has no collector’s value. Hang onto the old stuff; 47 Gibson Br-1 amp, 52 Pro, 56 Pro, 58 Bassman, 62 Super, 64 Vibroverb, my steel amp that started life as a Quad Reverb, but is now a split-cab Twin with a JBL 15. Will sell the Dr’Z Prescription with Celestion Blues, and the Deluxe Reverb I got from Neil Zaza, guitar maestro. Also will keep, for now, the 72 Princeton Reverb that was highly customized by my best friend tech. It’s 21 watts of clean power that is small. 12” Celestion in it. But guitars? Too many to even talk about!
Well,,,, I’m down to 5 Teles, but I really only play the one. Got the 57 Strat by trading a bunch of stuff for it. It had been rattle-canned black to look like Clapton’s Blackie. It looked so bad that I knew I’d have to have it refinished. But a few chips in the black showed some blue. Took me a whole day, using varying grades of steel wool, then rubbing and polishing compound to bring out it’s original blue. Some say it’s Lake Placid Blue, but a collector told me that it’s San Marino Blue, same as used on 57 Caddy Eldorado convertibles. Got a great Baritone Strat that I built with parts from Warmoth and Fender. Plays just like a regular Strat. I can play all my Gatton, Hellecasters, and Reed stuff on it Bends are the same as on a Strat. Everyone who has played it freaks out! Also have a Coodercaster half built.
Here I am playing lap steel with Neil Zaza
And playing lap sled acoustic with Tommy Sche’. This one is kinda rough as I invented the tuning on the spot, had not played one note in it. I asked the engineer to record a first run through, in case they heard anything they’d like me to develop. This is that run through. They wouldn’t let me improve on it, which was disappointing to me, as I could have done better. After the first verse, I switched to lap steel.
When you cross a pedal steel and telecaster you get a B Bender, aka stringbender. You can put the bender on any string. Brad Paisley uses a G Bender and There's a YouTube video of Paisley demonstrating his G Bender
The Bakersfield sound re-incarnated as country rock when Clarence White and Gene Parsons invented the B Bender in 1967 and put on White's 1955 Tele when they were playing in Nashville West. White was also a session player so that sound was used on the last albums of the 1st Byrds band and the second Byrds band and eventually joined that band for Sweetheart at Rodeo. Many of those groups back then were using that sound. Eagles, Jackson Browne, Roseanne Cash, Everly Brothers, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend
Marty Stuart ended up owning Clarence White's B Bender and in 2011 recorded the Hummingbyrd album with that guitar. He won a grammy for the album, playing Clarence White music on Clarence White's guitar. Today, mostly C&W guitarists use the stringbenders.
A bar standard. I guarantee you there are freshly-minted 21 yr olds howling that out on the weekends while they down their aluminum-bottle Buds in trendy hot spots, thinking they know all about life and its hardships.
Well, I’m a member of a country club,Country music is what I love, I drive an old Ford pick-up truck, I do my drinkin’ from a dixie cup, I’ve got friends in low places, I’m going back to a better class of losers,This up-town living’s really got me down,I need friends who don’t pay their bills on home computers,And who buy their coffee beans already ground, You think it’s disgraceful that they drink three-dollar wine, But a better class of loser suits me fine, Prop me up beside the juke box if I die.
My Tele has a Hipshot system. Both G and B benders, and three toggles that can but me into G bottleneck tuning.
Oh,,,, and I also opened for the Byrds when they played at UWM Milwaukee. I played a duet performance with my late friend, Howie Epstein, who later when on to plain with Tom Petty.
P;ain means “Play.” It’s late.
Oh, and one of my close friends is Jerry Brightman, who started playing for Buck, as a Buckaroo, at age 17. Spent a couple hours with him a few days ago. Been around,,,,,,,,
You guys need a dose of Gary Allan and then let me turn you on to Jason Isbel.
You guys need a dose of Gary Allan and then let me turn you on to Jason Isbel.
Leaves In Autumn (live 1994)
Livin’ the life that Sam Phillips encouraged Johnny Cash to lead just about killed him (and yeah, that was Sam’s advice to make the songs better).
I’m envious of your collection, and that doesn’t include your guitars.
Going to check out your links now.
Hey, Doc, what’s your home address, and when do you go out of town with the family? Do you have any guard dogs? Security system? Do you leave your gear laying around the house?
Not that I’m planning to visit you at all and try to steal anything.
I’ve been dabbling in the genre writing stuff myself... but honestly, I don’t think the writers are having the problems. It’s the food chain. They want the same old shallow stereotyped stuff. Don’t make the audience exercise more than 2 or 3 brain cells. Pickup truck + country road + unmarried partner + liquor + night + sex = Great Hits Of 2013.
Dr. Bogus Pachysandra, you have my deepest respect. I enjoyed that swampy feel on the Shce’ track. I can see (hear) why the engineer and producer wanted to keep the first pass. Nice playing on the Zaza track as well.
Yes, Ben Ficklin, I have seen the benders in action.
Love Joe’s music. Chesnutt’s great as well.
I enjoy some of Gary Allan’s songs. That Isbel track is good.