Where are the Heroes/Characters in Country Music?
The New Guard in Country Music today has no ICONIC men or women that I can see.
Don’t get me wrong. They are selling millions of copies of their songs and they have adoring fans. My question is where are the replacements for such ICONS as The Man In Black, Minnie Pearl, The Possum, The Red Headed Stranger, The Hag, Waylon, Patsy and so many others images that are still embedded in our minds? Is there any doubt that not a single songwriter of today is considered on the same playing field of Hank Williams Senior? What do you think Hank would have said if he was told to start writing his songs in a formula style that is considered radio friendly? Will there ever be an entertainer that can relate to his audience and fans any better than the Texas Troubadour himself Ernest Tubb? It seems to me that although they paved the way for our new Country Entertainers, that there is little or no reflection on what and how they did it. As the new breed travels around in their luxury tour buses or private jets, I wonder how many of them think about their predecessors that traveled around in a car with the bass fiddle strapped to the roof? I just don’t see the current Main Stream Country Music Artists as ICONS. Maybe one day when they are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame they can say that Music City Ghost didn’t know what he was talking about.
– The Music City Ghost [File#12] 2015