Doug Stone told the Providence Journal. “Country’s not country any more. When George Strait and Alan Jackson quit, it’s all over.” Stone is highlighting the difference between the mainstream sound of today’s country and that of an earlier generation. Turn on a country music station, he challenges, and the music being played is country with a rock ’n’ roll sound, country songs rapped, and other mutations of the genre.
“They’ve gone and killed country music. I’m not saying it’s bad music, but it’s on the wrong station,” he says with a laugh. “It’s not country music. There’s no fiddle, no steel guitar. And nobody who’s country can get on country radio any more. They tell me we’re too country.”
Stone has been around the country music industry for decades, through high points when he played with Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr. and Patty Loveless, and low points when his mug shot was circulated and talk of his heavy drinking clouded his music. Through the 1990s, he charted with songs such as “Why Didn’t I Think Of That,” “A Jukebox With A Country Song,” and “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box).”
“All the people left behind by today’s ‘country’ bands have to come to my shows to hear real country,” says the artist who’s working on a song called “Back When Country was Country” to voice his angst on stage.
“The ’90s is the dying breath of country. It’s when country music told the story behind the song and it was always more to the story than trucks and women,” Stone says. “They’ve really screwed my country up.”
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