sonofabeach wrote: Tiki Torches wrote: sonofabeach wrote:
Tiki Torches wrote:Mainstream country sure is taking a beating lately.
Yep..from you in every other post
It doesn't really need my help.
"Hey look, look y'all. It really does blow cuz me,Gary Allan, Zac Brown and Tom Petty said so."
Who cares? People like what they like.
Always the Debbie Downer..
Hey I know. Rather than post about it all of the time, don't listen to it if you don't like it.
It doesn't surprise me that you'd conveniently overlook the numerous posts I've made here over the years that speak very favorably of many other artists. Sort of like how I've had so many favorable things to say about Buffett's new record but rather than focus on that, several of you folks would prefer to divert attention away from that and concentrate on how I'm such an outspoken fan of his early work (an opinion also expressed by many others here) as though I should be faulted for having that perspective (one I share for many other artists btw, not just Buffett). I've seen others on here refer to his album as utter crap without offering any real reason as to why, yet folks like yourself don't have a thing to say to them, instead, you single me out, someone that actually likes the album and has gone into detail to explain why. For whatever it's worth, I've also not been the only one that's spoken so frankly about the state of mainstream country radio (or mainstream radio in general). For instance, just look at the author of this thread as well as several other threads of this very nature throughout this board. Also, if you've ever bothered to read anything I've ever written on this topic, I've made it abundantly clear that I do indeed exercise freedom of choice when it comes to what I listen to and have encouraged others to take the same initiative. Obviously, if you were to recognize that it wouldn't fit into how you'd like to categorize me as a "Debbie Downer". Quit overlooking the aspects of what I post that don't fit your agenda and actually take a look at the entire
Mainstream radio has been in the shitter since at least the mid-90's when Clear Channel put a stranglehold on it, which resulted in some of the strictest playlists I've been witness to in my lifetime, which has brought us to where we are today. So, several artists have been quite vocal about it. Personally, I don't blame them. However, you continue to overlook the fact that myself (and others) have also frequently championed the alternatives that we all have at our disposal, as well as the abundance of artists out there we all find worthy of mentioning that you're going to have to look beyond the mainstream media to find. You see a glass half empty because that's evidently all you choose to see. I realized a long time ago that our exposure to artists deserving of wider exposure were being choked out of any sort of chance of airplay because the nature of the business at this point is to play it safe and stick to artists that only have mass appeal. The concept of artist development (what A & R departments were created for) went out the window long ago. Voicing that sort of an opinion doesn't make me any more of a "Debbie Downer" than it does Petty, Allan, Brown, Dale Watson or any of the dozens of artists that have spoken up about it, it's being realistic about the current state of the music business. Long before we reached this point I knew that there was a world of music out there just waiting to be discovered that existed beyond the radio dial. That's never been more true than in 2013 when we have more avenues to explore than ever before. Personally, I find that to be a very wonderous and beautiful thing as it gives those artists that are deserving of wider exposure a real chance of actually being heard, one that sadly does not exist via most traditional outlets like commercial radio. So, before you decide to look at me only through your very narrow, obviously biased vision take a few extra seconds and actually read what I've written here and elsewhere on this board.