Collin Raye on the ‘Dumbing Down’ of Country Music
Over the course of his career, Collin Raye saw sixteen singles reach No. 1, and five of his albums attain platinum status, so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about Country Music.
In an interview with Fox News, about his new book "A Voice Undefeated," Raye said:
I’m really depressed in how it has dumbed down to basically a one-dimensional “Let’s party in the truck, gonna drink some cold beer!” There’s so many of those, and I’m not begrudging anybody their living. It’s not really the artists I blame, and it’s not the songwriters I blame because they’re just trying to make a living. It’s the gatekeepers quote unquote that we used to have in Nashville which are the label heads who used to decide what was good enough to put out and what was not.
While, Raye would never be confused with a country traditionalist, his songs always contained thoughtful lyrics, and good stories -- two things that have always been paramount in Country Music.
Watch his interview, here.