Brad Paisley, Tricia Earwood, Alabama discussed on Red Eye Radio


Genre goes through its phase of popularity and you have the, you know, the the huge wide appeal almost I won't say crossover appeal. But yeah, you could you could technically say that not that they're getting crossover airplay on on radio. But it is a broader, I guess reach. And it's not, you know, I just don't think right now. I don't see many things. Out a large level that are appealing about, you know, today's country music. I mean, I don't think that they're the major stars. I'm a huge huge fan of Brad paisley, tremendous talent on the guitar and everything else. But you know, I guess again people just kind of if there's not a major it's kind of like sports or franchise. Within sports if you don't have that those major players if you don't have those major personalities, you're not going to have that major appeal. So I mean, that's a huge. I mean, that's a huge drop. When you think about this five percent or seven thirty four percent from last year. Yeah. I mean, what's more than half? You know, you do have to ask the question. I was just having fun before look, I don't I actually I really don't make fun. I make kid about what people listen to. But judging music is ridiculous. Because people listen to what they like what they like. It's like the crossover appeal when you have, you know, whoever it is. I mean, you can go over the years that we talked earlier about, you know, John Denver had pop appeal as well because he had ballots on the radio, and then some people and country music, some of the other artists in country music or big John Denver fans, but he had that broader appeal you had more of a pop appeal. It is or the crossover appeal. Yes, I'll just say crossover appeal. I don't see that right now in country music. Brad paisley. Yes. He's been active on social media tremendously talented guitar player. He of. Of van halen's hot for teacher. On. And it's outstanding. But I don't. But it's not it's I don't think it's a huge crossover appealing like we had in the past. When you look at a lot of country music today. And I can't even think of some of the the band's here that I've watched oh just can't not Sugarland akin. Think of the other one. Oh, man. I just can't think of it lately. Antebellum? Yes. Lady lady on when I saw them. I went. Okay. I see a country influenced, but this isn't country. Well, they had the ballots. They had the skinny jeans. You had I think you had that also with rascal Flatts little bit of a of a crossover appeal. They did life is a highway. They did a remake of that. That went pretty big. And was was in a movie featured in a movie, so when that happens. Leeann rhymes. Her version of how do I live without that came out? The same time is Tricia earwood back in the day Tricia year, which was on the soundtrack Conair. We had Rimes was not. Little inside information. Her dad was not happy about that Wilbur Rimes. We have a connection to Lianne going back to the the host of our former version of this show. Bill Mack who wrote blue I hit and they both wanna Grammy. He won the songwriters Grammy. And she won the performance Grammy for that song. Neither of us are ever going to win a Grammy. Just so we're not going to. I don't possess the talent that Bill has has that alone. He owns that completely. But but during that time there was, you know, the Disney was our parent company at the time to awkward. Chose because of the movie con air. Chose Tricia earwood. And leeann rhymes went on to have a huge hit as well on the radio. But there was this crossover appeal that began with her, by the way, she's she's on one of them new. I saw the commercial one of the new movies on hallmark this year. She's on a Christmas movie. And when you have that kind of broader appeal that crossover then pressure your would even had that. I think Garth Brooks to certain extent. Yeah. And and look I'm not saying that they're not. I mean, they were they were excellent. They were polished, but I said to myself. It's not willy. And and I think to myself, and I don't there's not a huge number of country band that I like, but I've often talked about it. I love the nineties band Blackhawk it. I mean, they're still together today, even though one of their members van Stevenson died of cancer, and it's really Henri Paul who was with the outlaws green grass and high tides and all that. And and people remember the outlaws, right? There goes another love song from the seventy s then he decided to go country, but their country. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, they're they're to me. They're plane when I hear Black Hawk I'm like, and they had a massive number of hits, you know, in in in the nineties, and then sort of really just disappeared. Even though he's still play today. I was a show where there's about six months ago, and they only had about a thousand people. There wasn't a huge crowd. I mean, mostly playing clubs and I'm amazed because I hear their harmonies and they're singing, and I'm thinking to myself, you gotta be kidding me. These people should have fifteen thousand people just from the hits that they had. But it's almost as if that was forgotten. Yeah. And I'm thinking of a ban like I'll I'll I'm thinking of rock band, like the Google dials who can still draw ten thousand if they really haven't had a big hit since what maybe two thousand two probably have two thousand one Sunday that was massive. But they're still able to generate that in country doesn't seem like it's the same thing. It's almost you hit. And then afterwards, it's like the residual is in there of of your heads lasting for fifteen. Twenty twenty five years after your Greg's over right? And some of the, you know, the classic artists the late, Don Williams who has a huge fan of all, you know, he had this huge following in Ireland. They love love, Don Williams music. So he was able to kind of, you know, take his career and really still go on and do live shows. But you're right. It's not that lasting thing. That that often you see with certain pop acts. I, you know, thirty four percent drop or something more than just the genre. It likely has to do with the fact that or ward shows. Do we really care about award shows? Do we really care who gets an award? If it's a movie we're going to watch the movie or not if it's a song we're going to like the song about. If the academy disagrees, they get the Academy Award or they get the CMA award. Okay. Yeah. I I really I really don't care. But then there's then there's the bands at surprise you, for example, when Houdini blowfish come out, I was like. Now Bryant, and they they did I go blind. And that's how they got my attention because I'm a fan of the band that actually created that song fifty four forty out of Vancouver, which is more much more alternative bands. So when the blowfish did that I went, okay that's unique. But they were they were gone. Darius Rucker and his country career. I saw the the the the show that he did in Nashville, and that was a here in the last six months. It's fantastic. Well, I think the live show for I don't know. How many artists today is is really everything obviously, they would love to have radio airplay, and and have a a number one song and everything, but the live show, the performance showing up and then being able to draw a crowd, you know, whether it's a few thousand or tens of thousands. They they love the performance, and they're, you know, again, like you mentioned many of them very talented there. It's a great show. And I think that's but has it become. I think. So crossover where a significant number of traditional country fans have just moved away. So it's fan audience anymore. It's it's a band. I'm a fan of your band. Well. Jon and trying to create a pop song sometimes, you know, to get that wider. Appeal doesn't always work out. It happens it often happens with the ballot. But if you're trying to be I guess trendy if you're trying to do something or trying to be something that you're not, and it's not genuine than I don't think you're going to get a following genre. It was accepted in the eighties. So I remember working for a top forty station in the eighties, and we were playing on Alabama. We're playing I can't think what Alabama was. I mean, if they were I think definitively country, they just had a larger appeal. They had they had a larger. You're right. That was actually try and redefine themselves or do something. They didn't try and become the BG's. They were Alabama. My program director were top forty station saying you gotta play the new Eddie rabbit. Eddie. And we ended the plane hit right? You know? And so it's an artists that you really can't define like the eagles. Ryan is is a country song. On the highway or life in the fast lane is is not. You know? I mean, I guess you could today you could play that on a on a contribution station, but it's a rock song hotel, California. That's a rob song. Lion is that's country. But you can't define the band. And so, you know, that's again that broad appeal. And I don't think they've ever tried to define themselves as anything else that but long right, but in the industry, national, they've got gotta be wondering the CNA's thirty four percent drop in Yemen's. Why is that? I just don't I think we're not into the award shows anymore. I think people are distracted by everything else. Just like the NFL, and and cutting cable and everything television, isn't that big of a deal anymore. Eight six six ninety redeye coming.

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