Lorrie Morgan knows a thing or two (or three) about country music. Her father was country singer George Morgan, her son is country singer Jesse Keith Whitley, and along the way she was married to her son’s namesake, as well as Jon Randall, and Sammy Kershaw. From appearing on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13, to being a receptionist at Acuff-Rose music, to selling some six million records during her decades-long solo career, Lorrie Morgan has done it all.
Lorrie’s skins on the wall have also earned her the right to say whatever she wants, and she takes full advantage of that opportunity whenever it’s presented. Last year she took Blake Shelton to task for not meeting his Grand Ole Opry obligations. “People want to say, ‘Hey I’m a member of the Opry,’ and not want to come back. The Opry takes dedication, and it takes love,” she said. Lorrie is one of the few Opry members who regularly makes her performance obligations every year.
On Monday in an interview posted with Florida Today, Lorrie had a few things to say about today’s country music, and specifically about how it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between country and pop. In the process she also dropped the nugget that she’s recording a traditional country album with Pam Tillis.
“I really don’t even know what current country music is anymore,” Lorrie Morgan said. “I am as flabbergasted as anyone and have no idea what is country and what is not anymore. I am not a fan of country today. Me and Pam Tillis are going to go into the studio soon and record a traditional country album. Today’s country can’t be differentiated between pop, and you can’t tell them apart. Don’t mistake what I am saying, I love pop music. If you are going to be in the country category and call yourself a country artist, then stick with it.”
Lorrie also talked about her most recent album Letting Go … Slow, and the freedom of not having to worry about pleasing anyone but herself now. “I just always wanted to record those kinds of songs. There are some songs I wanted to record for over 20 years and hadn’t. I also didn’t worry about radio. I just wanted to make a record for my peers and my fans and not have to worry about whether or not radio would play this one or that one. I just wanted to sing songs I loved and I think because of it, I made a better album.”