Last thing you want to do is upset Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood fans. Gary Allan did just that recently when he blasted the two mega country stars in a chat with Ora TV’s Larry King. In the YouTube Video he called the ladies’ music NOT COUNTRY, Oh horrors!
In an effort to set the record straight and calm everyone down Gary Allan release a statement on his website on Tuesday, Sept 17.
Here is his statement:
“As many of you know, last week I sat down for an interview with Larry King. Larry asked me several pointed questions about the state of country music. In particular, he asked me how I would classify several of my peers. A short clip from the interview was posted online last Friday.”
“Several writers have since taken my what I said out of context and added a spin that takes my words in a direction they were never meant to go in.”
“For the record, I always have and always will love country music. While our genre has evolved, I stand behind what I said in the interview, “To me country is still about Monday through Friday, and pop is about what happens on the weekends. But it’s definitely changed.”
“It’s true. Country music has changed. During the interview I made it a point to say that my own music has changed over the years. I used to make very different music 10 – 15 years ago. As I also mentioned during the interview, I’m a country artist whose music leans towards rock, although I tend to love the more traditional sounding country of Haggard, Jones and Buck Owens.”
“When talking about country radio, I went on to say “It’s very different. You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew it instantly it was a country station just by listening to it. Now you’ve got to leave it there for a second to figure it out…and not that it’s a bad thing.” It’s not a bad thing. It’s just different than it used to be.”
“Larry nailed it in three words during the interview. When trying to put context to my words he said, “it’s an amalgam,” meaning a mixture or a blend. “Right,” I said, “exactly.” Country music is a blend these days. Our genre has enough room in it for me, a country artist whose country leans towards rock and for more pop sounding country artists, as well as more traditional sounding country artists. None of us are the same, but we all make country radio our home.”
“Today, my interview with Larry King (9/17) will run in its entirety. I know you are busy and that time is hard to come by. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it for yourself. That way you can hear actually what I said, rather than read someone else’s commentary or take on what I said.”