The 55th Annual Country Music Awards Fails to Entertain
In the Age of Covid, the 2020 CMA awards finally were aired in empty music halls all around Nashville, which much of the music presented, representing this New Country genre served up within these empty spaces, actually deserved.
I watched a small part the Country Music Awards last night, and these are my thoughts:
I kind of like Country and Western: old Cowboy Songs, Traditional Country, some of the older Pop Country; Country Rock with Pedal Steel Guitars; "Americana" Country; all manner and measure of Bluegrass especially, with Alison Krauss with Union Station (though they have not recorded anything since their classic "Paper Airplane") still one of my top 10 favorite recording artists of all time.
If we were to hold Ms Krauss and Union Station up to what passes today as "Country Music", we all, who know anything about music, would be sadly dissatisfied with the comparison. Today's Country is a pale imitation of what was once so real and endemic to what was the America heartland.
But the "Times They Are A Changing", and I cannot stomach the drinking songs, the 4 chord combos, with no noticeable baseline, with no measurable lead instruments, posturing as the background sound to some really decent singing about nothing real, so, why should I care about their product. They, these new Denzions of Nashville, certainly don't give a damn about what they produce, which is totally unmemorable.
I really do not think today's Country knows who their fan base is or was. Cancelling their musical past, even many of their band's names as they cower to be political correct in this dystopic society of stupid people taking temporary controlling what is Fake, will not show any stability in a world that needs real people expressing a real message.
And note Keith Urban ( I do not believe I can remember anything he has ever recorded), who hosted the remote /virtual event: the Social Injustice motif, which is all the rage in the world of the Fool, is not a "pandemic". Don't you just hate when pseudo important people passionately profess egregiously stupid stuff; I was embarrassed for this Fool - Mr. Urban.
When I pick up my guitar to play songs that I like, many songs from my era and earlier and later as well, with deep country /folk roots, it will not be any of this pedestrian crap that I heard tonight ... not now, not ever.
My apologies to any musicians that produced music that was decent that I did not witness. I just could not take it any more - the music or their pathetic messaging.
Next time you put on one of these strange, uneventful events, about music that is supposed to be real: Drop the politically correct crap, coax the far better musicians back to the stage, and stick with the basics. Find someone to perform Marty Robbin's "Streets of Loredo" - it would be hard to mess-up this simple but real song - just get back to your roots if you really want to matter.
Throughout history, several artists continue to change the world because of their unique approach, style, and beliefs. These are some of the artists that have influenced society today who challenged traditional concepts and urged us to continue redefining modern art.
For the few years that the Turnage Theater did operate as an ongoing concern, they did book at least one Christmas show each year. In 2009, they booked, and I did attend "Christmas the Cowboy Way, featuring the Riders in the Sky.