Blake Shelton was featured on the GAC special “Backstory,” and some comments he made on the show are causing a bit of a stir with some country legends.
Here’s what Blake said: “If I am ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on,” said the 36-year-old singer. “Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”
Country legend Ray Price fired back: “It’s a shame that I have spend 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song, have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKASS”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”
If you’ve loved country music as long as I have you know that it is constantly evolving and this argument has been going on for decades. No need to disrespect the legends or the new regime.
Blake did apologize for the way he said it: “The truth is my statement was and STILL is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY the way Mr. Price did along his journey as a mainstream country artist. Pushing the boundaries with his records. ‘For The Good Times’ is a perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music. It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended. I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and its future AND past is important to me. I’ll put my love and respect and knowledge about it up against anybody out there… ANYBODY…”
I’m sensing a Blake Shelton-Ray Price moment on the ACM Awards or a duet coming out. Wouldn’t you love to hear Blake cover Ray’s “For the Good Times?”
For the full stories and to hear what Blake said, listen to Nashville Hotline below.
Nashville Hotline airs weekdays at 12:20 on US99.5.