Ah, the fancy night for the rednecks of the music industry. From riding in the combine by day, to their local honky tonks by night, they’ve finally made it to the big stage. A night where those in pop, rock, and R&B can step away for the spotlight and give the country folk a chance. Personally, I can’t wait for this as there are so many deserving artists on the radio that will have performances that will go down in the history books.
Oh who the hell am I kidding? I couldn’t care less. Even with Jason Isbell up for CMA album of the year.
Now, Jason Isbell is an incredible artist and I have to admire what he has done. Admittedly I don’t spend much time ever talking about him because his music just doesn’t affect me the way so many others do. He’s good, but I just don’t love his music like so many of the honky tonkers and guess what? That’s OK. I can’t say a bad thing about him, just not overwhelmingly my style. And that still isn’t why I don’t care about the CMA awards. We just don’t need them to showcase these artists anymore.
What do I mean? I think they’re obsolete.
Of course, it’s a special night if you’re nominated I suppose, but I just don’t find value in award shows like this anymore. Recognition from these large organizations feels cheap nowadays because Nashville is working to pump out artists with some substance just to keep up. Do I think they genuinely care? No. They would have done it all along the whole time if they did. Instead, they found a formula that worked for a long freaking time and now in some ways, it’s imploding. I say some ways because there are some people that absolutely LOVE bro and pop country. And cool for them. Just don’t have that be the only offering.
So for years we’ve been alienated and now the independent artists have been reaching astonishing heights and finally Nashville has noticed. They have realized many of us crave this better music. Imagine that?
I have stood watching the amazing efforts so many artists have put forth on their own. Sure, there is a network among the indie artists and surprisingly, many are connected to some big musicians and celebrities through friendships and business. But we can’t discount what they have accomplished without radio’s support and mass media. Naturally all of this indie buzz has caused Rolling Stone and other such publications to talk about these artists. And they should.
But do I think we need to set our sights on the CMA awards after they have continuously snubbed such incredible talents? Nope. I’m not interested in watching because all I need are three chords and the truth as they say. And the mainstream has let me down so much I no longer seek their approval for what is considered good. Awards or not, the feat many of these artists have accomplished is far greater than any gold, diamond, or silver award could ever bring.
Will you be watching? Do you even care?
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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