Wait, What? Blake Shelton’s “Mission” Is To Expose More Traditional Country to America?
Last week I saw an article in The Tennessean entitled Blake Shelton’s Mission on The Voice: Keep Country Music Alive, and you know I had to click. Timed to coincide with the launch of the latest season of NBC’s The Voice, it wasn’t the title that floored me. Because after all, interpretations of what exactly you mean by “country music” can be quite far ranging, especially when you’re dealing with the mainstream perspective, and specifically Blake Shelton. It was the first sentence of the article, which read, “Blake Shelton is on a mission to expose more of America to traditional country music” that made me nearly fall out of my chair.
But you know what, after contemplating on it for a while and reading the article, it’s completely right. At least when it comes to Blake Shelton’s role on The Voice.
Though it pains me and many others to admit that the man who once named country music’s traditional country fans “Old Farts and Jackasses” has any hand in helping spread the cause of traditional country music, it is true. Sundance Head, Adam Wakefield, Craig Wayne Boyd, Mary Sarah, Jake Worthington, and Danielle Bradbery are just a few of the performers that while on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice, performed classic country standards on one of the most highly-watched primetime television shows, sometimes allowing these songs to rocket up the charts, and serving them to an American audience thirsty for old country songs, and a new generation that identifies with the authenticity of classic country compared to more contemporary tracks.
Songs from Merle Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and other legends—songs such as “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Fishin’ in the Dark,” “Okie from Muskogee,” “I Walk the Line” “Me and Jesus,” and “Maybe It Was Memphis” have all been highlighted on the show.
If you take a second to contemplate what is going on and try to extricate yourself from the emotional reaction caused by Blake Shelton and reality TV, it’s really quite incredible, and the proof is in the results. The Voice is not an oligarchy. Though the celebrity judges have great sway over how the audience ultimately votes, the public chooses the finalists and winners. And over the last few years, artists who rise through the competition covering classic country songs regularly reach the final, and a few ultimately win, while artists singing more contemporary country tracks rarely advance.
“I was saying, ‘I hate to tell ya this, but there’s a big piece of ground between Los Angeles and New York City, full of people that know these songs,’” Blake Shelton says in The Tennessean article, quoting himself in a battle with producers of The Voice to let his contestants perform older songs.
“For the producers and network executives who don’t know as much about country music to push him around would be silly,” says Paul Telegdy, the president of Reality TV for NBC Entertainment. “Now it’s, ‘Blake, you want to do Merle Haggard? You do Merle Haggard.’ What else are we going to do?”
And not only are these older country songs resonating with middle America, but Millennial viewers are also taking to iTunes to purchase them. “That was so exciting to me,” Shelton says, “that I did introduce a large portion of their viewing audience to some country music that they didn’t know about.”
At times Shelton has even spoken out on The Voice about the importance of country music and keeping it separate from other genres. In a March 2016 episode, in an argument with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton said, “I’m not sick of the fact that [country] is this exclusive club. And it’s up to us as country artists to protect who’s in that club. Otherwise, it gets too far away of what the heart and soul is of country music. If you don’t know where it comes from, how in the hell are you gonna know where it should go? That’s why we protect it.”
So what can we conclude from how The Voice shakes out on a regular season, and the acceptance all of these traditional country songs and artists find with a mainstream television audience? It’s that out there across the fruited plane of America, there is still an appetite for traditional country music, by the people who listened to it when they were young, and by younger audiences who are being exposed to it for the first time. Otherwise, we would not see finalists and winners year after year that rely on older country songs to get through America’s premier singing competition.
But the next question becomes, if The Voice is doing so well with traditional country music and performers, why can’t country radio, and country music’s mainstream do the same thing? As Blake Shelton said himself, “There’s a big piece of ground between Los Angeles and New York City, full of people that know these songs,” and yet they’re being systematically ignored.
Give all the credit you want to Blake Shelton for his work on The Voice, and he probably deserves a good deal of it. But if he’s such a champion of traditional country music, and such a student of the old songs, why don’t we see that reflected in the music he records and releases to the masses himself? Much of this dreck acts as a massive counterweight any of Shelton’s efforts on The Voice, and this is the stuff being served on mainstream country radio.
One sad and long-standing narrative for many of these contestants from The Voice, including, if not especially the ones that use traditional country to get to the finals, is that right after The Voice season ends, they sink right back into obscurity because there is no support network in place to make these performers into stars. They win a competition in which millions of people vote and view religiously, yet they can’t get one of their songs on country radio. You have ample evidence that an appetite exists for this traditional country music, yet country radio and Music Row is so stubborn, so slow to react, and so mired in its outmoded system of serving music to the public, none of it raises a blip on their radar whatsoever.
You would think that the day after a big moment on The Voice could at least be recapped on country radio. Don’t they want to be topical? But even if one of these contestants wanted to release a single to country radio, it would literally take months for it even populate throughout the system, let alone make a dent in playlists. We saw this with Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” another country music classic that resonated mightily among the listening population, but never even made it to country radio because there was no mechanism for it to get there.
All the evidence is there: from the success of traditional songs and contestant’s on The Voice, to the success of artists like Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, to in-depth radio studies that say listeners want more traditional country on country radio, to Blake Shelton’s own words. Traditional country fans are being incredibly underserved, and could offer a huge boon of new support to country radio and Music Row if they would just recognize them. Yet when it comes to the music of the mainstream, including, if not especially the music of Blake Shelton, it’s the same trend-chasing, and demographic pandering to the same narrow niche of listeners that don’t really like country music anyway that has put the entire business model of country radio on precarious footing.
Kudos to Blake Shelton for giving a hand up to traditional country music through his work on The Voice. But if he wanted to show true leadership and really make an impact, he would show that same leadership with his own music.
March 6, 2017 @ 11:46 am
“Kudos to Blake Shelton for giving a hand up to traditional country music through his work on The Voice. But if he wanted to show true leadership and really make an impact, he would show that same leadership with his own music.”
Yeah, this is essentially how I feel as well. I was surprised he did expose classic country covers on his show (since I don’t watch nor care about the show at all), but at the same time, he needs to stop releasing boring, generic singles. Aside from “She’s Got A Way With Words” he’s not the worst the genre has to offer, but he could be so much better.
As a side note, a musician I like and respect, Taylor Alexander recently auditioned to be on the Voice, and he certainly fits the traditional mold. If Blake wants to put his money where his mouth is, he’ll help this guy (or whatever the hell it is they do on that show).
March 6, 2017 @ 12:25 pm
His audition is tonight & he made somebody’s team. Blake already has two really good country female singers in his team this yr though, casi joy and Lauren Duski (whatever, the voice is my guilty pleasure, sue me ?)
March 6, 2017 @ 7:06 pm
Dude, your guy sang a cheesy Cher song. What? And now he’s on Adam’s team (so he’s hosed).
March 6, 2017 @ 8:03 pm
Aaaannnnndddd your guy will always have “Boys Round Here” attached to his name 😉
March 6, 2017 @ 8:10 pm
Hah, I never said Blake’s music was good. Although that song is such a parody it’s almost amusing. I think he’d have been better off picking that for his audition piece though :p
March 6, 2017 @ 8:13 pm
And I never said I’m totally enamored with my guy’s audition piece, lol. Just some good natured ribbing 🙂
March 6, 2017 @ 8:15 pm
I know, I was ribbing back ( :p). Although you did get my psyched for some classic country, and then I got Cher, so we might have beef. :p
January 18, 2023 @ 2:49 pm
I love all of Blake Shelton’s songs
March 6, 2017 @ 12:03 pm
I’ve said for a while that I find Blake the most frustrating of the main stream country stars. Most of his stuff isn’t really that offensive (it’s just boring), but Blake literally knows more about country music then nearly everyone. Even LBT was talking about it a few weeks ago on CC. The man is a literal walking jukebox of old country (& 80’s) songs.
He wants to be a big name artist though. Beyond that he’s Warner’s only big artist, and Esposito built the label around him at a time when his career was struggling, so I think he feels loyalty to the label to keep doing things that are making him successful. I also think he’s a pleaser, I’ve heard enough people describe him as the nicest guy, big tipper, he plays all his hits at shows etc. He has a lot of non-country fans, and I think he wants to make people happy. A new musical direction, would upset people.
It’s also probably useful to keep in mind that even if Blake went more traditional, he loves Earl Thomas Conley, Conway, Eddie Rabbit. His personality isn’t outlaw style either. That being said, I don’t think it’s an accident that the better/more country songs off his last albums was the stuff he had a song in writing.
March 6, 2017 @ 12:06 pm
(as an aside to this conversation, at Luke Bryant’s annual spring break for adults, Blake did an hour long encore of cover songs, some pop/Bob Dylan, but also Strait, Brooks & Dunn)
let us celebrate with the adding of chocolate to milk
March 6, 2017 @ 12:06 pm
Earl Thomas Conley is a great singer. I think of him as a Pop-Country version of George Jones, but I mean that in a good way.
March 6, 2017 @ 12:26 pm
I actually like well done pop-country, as part of my country diet. Just pointing out even if Blake was to go more traditional it’d probably skew pop.
March 10, 2017 @ 12:05 am
Shelton is like the Paul Ryan of country music. A pretty boy who sometimes says the right things, says he shares our values, and occasionally might even sincerely believe in them. But time and time again he lets us down, because he is a member of the Establishment, who built his career saying yes and pleasing the powers that be.
let us celebrate with the adding of chocolate to milk
March 6, 2017 @ 12:04 pm
Maybe, just possibly, if SOME of these mainstream artists like Blake Shelton, were allowed artistic freedom to make the music they want, and for it not to be about $$$$$, maybe they’d release a more traditional Country album. You see that nowadays with the artists who had success on radio, but don’t get played there anymore. They go and make the kind of record THEY want to make.
March 6, 2017 @ 12:44 pm
But Blake is in a place where he can do a more authentic country album. If Miranda was able to do it — with a double-album no less — then surely Blake is able to do it. Or, at the least, he could put a handful of more traditional cuts on his albums, knowing fully that they won’t get airplay but would show some goodwill toward fans of his earlier work. He did this with “Savior’s Shadow” on his latest album, and he needs to do it more.
March 6, 2017 @ 1:08 pm
Miranda is no Blake, he has more acclaim and respect from musicrow/radio than she ever had… (and I’m not a Blake fan)
March 6, 2017 @ 2:27 pm
“more acclaim and respect from musicrow/radio” — that’s a difficult claim to parse. Miranda has been the darling of the CMA/ACM awards shows for several years in a row, often as a guarantee in the female vocalist category, and she has been one of the few women (alongside Carrie) to have generous radio support. But, yes, Blake has had even more generous radio support, which is not a good thing. So, I’m not sure what “respect” means when coming from “musicrow/radio,” which can be a good thing or a bad thing…often a bad thing.
March 6, 2017 @ 6:39 pm
Ha Gabe hahaha!!! Miranda is respected as an artist in Country music, Blake is a “radio/tv star”. He is popular and has a good voice but when all is said and done Lambert’s music leaves a mark in country not Shelton.
PS this has nothing to do w/ Miranda. Blake claims to promote traditional country on the show, but his advisor is Luke Bryan. A few old school songs on s show is not leading the way. Maybe she should care about putting out quality music and not being a trend radio follower.
March 10, 2017 @ 12:26 am
Miranda is the least bad of the mainstream artists to have come from reality TV. Not that I’m a big fan, but all I’m saying is that she occasionally makes decent country music and that I like her slightly better than Carrie (who does redeem herself with her Christian songs, but who has otherwise released mostly dreadful music). I think that’s good enough for one or two Female Vocalist of the Year CMA awards, but honestly I think the CMA has overdone her awards, probably due to her being one of the last big female “country” stars left who are even remotely country, as a process of elimination.
March 6, 2017 @ 1:11 pm
You wrote, “At times Shelton has even spoken out on The Voice about the importance of country music and keeping it separate from other genres. In a March 2016 episode, in an argument with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton said, “I’m not sick of the fact that [country] is this exclusive club. And it’s up to us as country artists to protect who’s in that club. Otherwise, it gets too far away of what the heart and soul is of country music. If you don’t know where it comes from, how in the hell are you gonna know where it should go? That’s why we protect it.”
Sure is funny that last March, the exact same time frame, I was blocked by him on Twitter. Only thing I can figure is it was because I wrote that I was hoping his new song was going to be country. and signed it a disappointed Old Fart And Jackass. I’m still scratching my head over why that was something to block me for. While his song definitely wasn’t country, other than that, I didn’t pass judgment on it one way or the other. In fact, if I had heard it on a pop station, I wouldn’t have turned it off.
So yeah, while Blake may be bringing traditional country out in the forefront to some extent on The Voice, his idea of “too far away of what the heart and soul is of country music” and “protecting it” are far different from mine. While I didn’t watch The Voice religiously every season, I did start paying attention more and more as it got close to the finals, and I especially paid attention when a country singer was in the final four. But because of Blake’s response to an innocuous comment saying I was sorry a song of his wasn’t country, I stopped watching entirely. In fact, the other night it happened to be on as I was switching channels, and as soon as I heard Blake talking about country and why he should be that particular contestant’s mentor, I switched the channel. I’m not a fan of hypocrites, and I’m sorry that’s what, at least in my view, Blake turned out to be.
“But if he wanted to show true leadership and really make an impact, he would show that same leadership with his own music.” Evidently he must think he is, and that’s a real shame. Guess he’s surrounded himself so much lately with “yes men” that he can’t take anyone saying he’s strayed too far. Oh, well.
March 6, 2017 @ 2:52 pm
Sounds like you were trolling and got blocked and you’re still bitter a year on. Time to move on.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:51 pm
No, trolling would have been putting his name first, which I didn’t, and saying directly to him, “Your song sucks,” which I never even thought. Instead, I specifically only said, in a general tweet, that I was disappointed his new song was not country, not addressed specifically to him, just as a general comment meaning exactly that. Again, I didn’t even say whether I liked it or not. I had heard more comments from him leading up to that time about country, real country, music and really was hoping, hoping, hoping for a country song when he said his new single was being released. Can’t blame me for being disappointed when it wasn’t country after all, can you?
It’s obviously up to him who he blocks and who he doesn’t, but I had heard from others that he’s a nice guy, which is why I was surprised that he let a simple observation affect him that way. To tell you the truth, if I’d known something that simple would have hurt his feelings, or angered him, or whatever it did, I would have clarified that I didn’t think it was a bad song; I just didn’t feel it was country, but obviously I wasn’t given the chance.
I have no problem admitting when I’ve done something wrong, and since I have no desire to hurt anyone’s feelings, I’m far from a troll. In fact, I can’t stand trolls. Saying things just to make someone feel bad is far from my style, both in real life and on social media.
Am I bitter? No, I wouldn’t say bitter. Am I still puzzled a year later? Yes. Do I wish I had been given a chance to explain? Yes. It is what it is, though. I did like a lot of his music, mostly the older stuff, but even some of the stuff that wasn’t true country. I wasn’t a huge fan, though, so there really wasn’t anything to move on from. I don’t know the man personally, after all.
Thanks for your reply. Have a great evening. 🙂
March 6, 2017 @ 1:57 pm
Just because Blake likes traditional country and promotes traditional country on his show it seems idiotic to change his style that got him the best selling album and a bunch of radio #1s. I agree with Seak05 the guy is a pleaser and very loyal. Not just to WMN but also his fans. Last years boxscores had him with the highest percentage of sold out shows. He must be doing something right.
He could easily do a more traditional country album but at what expense? Please a few to alienate many who prefer his pop/mid tempo ballads? I think he gets a lot of unnecessary hate. He clearly loves country in all forms and does a lot more than most to promote it. He screwed up with the old farts comment but went out of his way to apologize to Ray. He could’ve doubled down because there was truth in his comment, just look at the type of songs dominating the charts for the last 5 years.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:18 pm
There are two major points being made here:
1) The appeal for more traditional country music is being overlooked by the industry, and this is confirmed via Blake Shelton’s comments, and how he approaches his role on “The Voice.”
2) It’s irony, if not hypocrisy for Blake Shelton to claim he’s “on a mission to expose more of America to traditional country music,” when his music is anything but.
Blake Shelton can release whatever music he wants. But he can’t claim to be a country music savior solely for his work on The Voice, and ignore everything else.
“Last years boxscores had him with the highest percentage of sold out shows.”
That’s because he tours the least of any major country music star because of his commitments to The Voice. I don’t think the sample size is even big enough for him to qualify. That’s not to say there isn’t appeal in his music, but there’s a reason the industry stopped handing him awards without even second guessing it.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:33 pm
Blake never proclaimed himself country music Jesus. He never said he alone is saving traditional country but he’s doing a hell of a lot more than any other country artist out there right now to promote traditional country not just here in the US but all over the world where the US version of the Voice is shown.
And it’s not just older country either, Blake promoted Chris Stapleton more than once. Every season he has multiple country artists on the show. Who else in the country industry is doing that right now? Not liking his music, fair game but to criticize him for being a hypocrite for actually doing something comes off petty.
I know you have beef with the man, aren’t you the guy who he called out to do his own album that people could criticize?
March 6, 2017 @ 4:07 pm
“aren’t you the guy who he called out to do his own album that people could criticize?”
This is the first I’m hearing of this, but I hope it’s true. Got a link to the quote?
March 6, 2017 @ 4:17 pm
I don’t sorry. Last year or the year before he made a comment about people who criticize people’s music while they themselves aren’t making music, it wasn’t in reference to himself, but from comments I saw people assumed he was making fun of you.
March 6, 2017 @ 5:01 pm
“from comments I saw people assumed he was making fun of you.”
They were also assuming I don’t make music.
Not that it matters that much, because everyone has a right to an opinion.
March 7, 2017 @ 10:48 am
“They were also assuming I don’t make music.”
Aw come on dude you cant tease us like that then not give some more info!! or a link?
March 7, 2017 @ 11:33 am
Look, it’s not like I’m some big mover and shaker in music, but I purposefully don’t talk about any personal music pursuits through the site because I believe it’s a conflict of interest. Not that stuff may not come up through social network and such upon occasion. But the point is it’s an assumption that ANYONE doesn’t have the acumen to judge music properly just because they’re not a superstar. I believe everyone’s opinion on music matters, even people who disagree with mine. That’s the reason I give a forum for comments, and why it’s so robust.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:58 pm
As for the awards, are we really going to judge artists by the CMA and ACM awards they don’t receive now? Sturgill might want to have a word with you about that.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:08 pm
Nope. Never said we were. This is a deflection.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:21 pm
Then why do you think the industry stopped giving him awards? The fact that he won 5 years in a row or something like is ridiculous in itself. No artist should be dominating like that. Miranda winning in years she didn’t even do anything and this years joke nominations, bloc voting. I don’t put much stock in country awards.
March 6, 2017 @ 9:47 pm
Them (Blake & Miranda) winning all those years was to promote the ‘super couple’…
March 6, 2017 @ 2:39 pm
Amen! I sure as hell feel like I’m under served. Take Sturgill, Isbell, Whiskey Myers, and BBS to mainstream! How is Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett and Fart GL gonna like it when THEY are the underdogs? It’ll happen. One day…
March 6, 2017 @ 2:48 pm
Blake is one of, if not the biggest hypocrite in Country Music history. And it breaks my heart because I loved him before The Voice. You use The Voice as your nostalgic playground and look like a champion of Country Music, andd still get paid millions to do it, congratulations. What about your fan base that got you to that stage? I have a theory that once Blake runs out of #1’s on radio and The Voice runs out of juice, he will retire. And he will be laughing on his way out because he made so much money and obtained so many accolades for such a mediocre effort in his career that its unfathomable.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:26 pm
The guy can sing country music very well. He would turn country radio upside down if he releases a “country album.” They will play him. He is a superstar (like it or not). My bet is his next album chases the Stapleton craze.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:17 pm
Well he was back in studio last week, and real live musicians were involved, but I doubt his sound will change much as long as he sticks with Scott Hendricks. I’d be really curios to see what would happen if Blake were paired up with someone different (a la Cobb, who has a relationship w/Warner), but Blake is to loyal to Scott, so I don’t see it happening.
March 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Blake needs to get away from everything and everyone that has been around him in the last decade. But he likes to be liked, and doesn’t seem to know how to be a loner. He has talent and knowledge of what he should be doing, but just won’t do it. I can’t even imagine the awesomeness I would try to accomplish FOR MYSELF, if I had his resources.
You come first, Blake. You can tell everyone else to screw themselves if they don’t want to be a part of it.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:13 pm
I love everything Blake sings. He loves his fans. He is a great entertainer and loves music. The only thing I don’t like about Blake is he dumped Miranda for Gwen. Country will never welcome punk rocker Gwen. So Blake may have to make pop his genre.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:44 pm
So wait, what are the rules for who you’re allowed to date as a country singer? Is Miranda allowed to date Anderson, he’s not a country singer? Or is that still ok because he’s from Alabama? But wait Ryan Hurd is from Michigan, does that mean Maren needs to break up with him? And better break the news to Keith, I mean Nicole is a for real Hollywood actress. That’s clearly got to be against the rules.
(but seriously why does it matter what genre of music his GF records? that’s like the stupidest thing ever. Also she’s ska/reggae/rock/pop…never punk).
March 7, 2017 @ 12:43 am
I didn’t say I agreed with.the country/Nashville issue with Stefani. It seems that there were many who knew the truth about what caused the breakup. Even though Blake hired the best PR people to throw Miranda under the bus, it backfired. Many became fed up with the constant details of Blake and Gwen’s. affair being shoved down their throats. Miranda is loved by her peers. She will always get a standing ovation for anything she does in Nashville. It is what it is.
March 7, 2017 @ 10:44 am
This comment underlines the silliness of radio country fans. Who gives a eff who hes dating?!?! This is supposed to be about the music. You can go read People mag later if thats your thing.
March 7, 2017 @ 11:23 am
“The only thing I don’t like about Blake is he dumped Miranda for Gwen.” It would have turned out better for everyone involved, if Miranda dumped Blake for Gwen.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:13 pm
The only thing he’s exposing anyone to is Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Garbage.
March 6, 2017 @ 4:27 pm
Well said. I respect him for pushing and encouraging traditional country on “The Voice,” but it’s a shame he is so hypocritical and can’t do the same for himself as an artist.
March 6, 2017 @ 5:40 pm
One thing that always sticks out to me about the Voice is how utterly terrible they have been at promoting their artists after the show. They haven’t had one real successful artist post-voice and they seemingly just forget about the contestants (even the winners) after the season is over.
March 12, 2017 @ 8:40 pm
At least Idol brought us Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, and now people like Lauren Alaina and Trent Harmon are seeing success.
March 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Regardless of the songs that are released to radio, Blake Shelton’s albums always contain a few traditional country tunes. He’s not completely abandoning his roots. Even his radio songs are waaaaaaay more country than 90% of the tunes that are spun on country radio formats. Like Doget stated, Blake Shelton can sing country music very well.
March 6, 2017 @ 6:21 pm
I especially liked “Boys ‘Round Here” !
March 6, 2017 @ 9:50 pm
Surprisingly that’s a guilty pleasure…
March 7, 2017 @ 10:39 am
Chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco, spit. It’s kinda fun. I don’t think it was ever supposed to be another “He stopped loving her, today.”
March 7, 2017 @ 5:37 pm
I love Boys Round Here…
March 6, 2017 @ 6:29 pm
Blake might know all about country music but he makes pop music now. He has enough radio clout now that he should have been at least attempting some old school country on his last few albums but no r&b or pop is what he rand towards. Guess the crossover pull of Hollywood is too strong for him. So disappointed in him not an artist anymore just a joke.
March 6, 2017 @ 8:03 pm
I was ready to argue with you after reading the headline, but the article was pretty right on.
March 6, 2017 @ 8:51 pm
As you touched on in your last paragraph, all of this doesn’t amount to a hill of beans unless he engages in behavior that practices what he preaches. These comments coming from someone who releases crap like “Boys ‘Round Here” and “She’s Got a Way With Words” are just plain hypocritical.
March 7, 2017 @ 1:12 am
Shelton needs to pull his balls out of his purse and release “Friends” as a single.
March 7, 2017 @ 2:28 am
” Much of this dreck acts as a massive counterweight any of Shelton’s efforts on The Voice, and this is the stuff being served on mainstream country radio.”
His shit has a long way to go to be considered as good as ” dreck ”
BS arguably panders to the punters with THE MOST POORLY WRITTEN AND GENERIC SHIT out there right now …in ANY genre . Its absolute cliche PAP . His music ( and I use that term loosely ) hasn’t a trace of tradition , emotion , timelessness , maturity or inventiveness . I believe the voice contestants themselves have as much or more input in the selection of what they are going to sing as BS would . Here’s why .
A REAL singer ( not a bullshit artist like Shelton ) loves to wrap their vocal chords and talents around a REAL song with a great melody , a strong hook , range and something lyrically that will allow them to showcase their ability to deliver EMOTION . New country music isn’t about ANY of those things and consequently wouldn’t interest a REAL singer with an amazing voice . ANY JACKASS can sing/talk Sam Hunt , Shelton , Dierks Gilbert, Brett Rhett , the Kruze Kids , Luke Aldean and every other interchangeable less-than-mediocre vocalist out there . THESE ARE NOT SONGS FOR SINGERS we are being fed by mainstream country radio . These are ridiculous excuses for a ‘ sound ‘ …. a pop/rappy/hip-hoppy SOUND whose only function is to seem hip and fresh and HOT . They are narrative-free airtime . And Shelton’s shit is sitting right at the top of this crap-mound . BS is a con man .
Cool Lester Smooth
March 7, 2017 @ 8:22 am
This isn’t surprising.
The most irritating part about Blake Shelton has always been the fact that he knows better, and still only ever releases absolute garbage to the radio.
March 7, 2017 @ 9:07 am
Blake seems to be a guy who follows the money. And he’s very good at it.
He does seem to have an appreciation for the classics, but that sentiment only seems to pop up at opportune times. Very hard to ever tell how sincere he is from way out here.
March 7, 2017 @ 4:27 pm
New country turd seeks more popular environment to pontificate status quo of country music.
March 7, 2017 @ 5:56 pm
At risk of going slightly tangential here, I must firstly admit that Blake Shelton is mostly just a name to me. I don’t really know any of Blake’s music off-hand, but I admit to subconsciously (and perhaps correctly) placing him in the “machine-made, Nashville factory” category all along.
He reminds me of one or two Australian home-grown country artists – acres and acres of talent, incredible instrumental skills and massive knowledge of country music history (not-to-mention other popular music streams) – yet they seem constrained (or maybe just happy) to plug away with a somewhat bland and unchallenging approach to their craft. I won’t name names, ‘cause it would start needless arguments and would be unfair to the artists anyway.
As for Blake Shelton’s place in “The Voice”, it certainly is not a show I care to watch, but I applaud him if he is true to his word about championing real, true-blue Country Music to the masses.
Thanks (in advance) Trigger, for letting me drop in and comment.
March 7, 2017 @ 9:42 pm
I used to watch the Voice but the Blake/Gwen lovefest turns me off. IDGAF.
Who can remember from one year to the next who wins. I can’t remember a week later.
I watched Travis Tritt with Marty Stewart on PBS. Top notch. I pulled up Tanya Tucker on utube, Two Sparrows and bawled my head off. Until you go back to the well, you forget how much those songs could really move your heart. Blake’s not hungry anymore.
March 8, 2017 @ 10:45 am
I don’t find Blake nearly as offensive as some. He reminds me of a modern day Kenny Rogers. Not traditional country but not bad for the genre. Some of his music is just boring.
March 9, 2017 @ 3:36 pm
I really did not care for Blake Shelton the last album had one or two decent songs that’s about it. I miss his old stuff like Ol Red. His recent music has been to much like pop for my taste.
March 20, 2017 @ 6:00 am
Most of the commenters assume that Blake is somehow a Country artist, underneath all the Hollywood b.s. Imo, Blake is more of an Opportunist than anything else.
He started out singing Country as a way to get his foot in the door of fame and fortune, and seemed to have sense enough to know he is no rock star, he ‘looks’ country, so that is what he is..
His current girlfriend is also a major opportunist, and he has definitely moved her moribund career an inch or two from the graveyard, but his seems destined to continue a downward slide, but for the Voice. Once the Voice is over, he will be largely forgotten, the diehards will then be his audience, and even they can be fickle.
March 21, 2017 @ 1:53 pm
First of the voice has the best running numbers throughout every week for NBC. Just bc they are not attracting 15 or 16 million viewers they are still bringing in 12 to 13 million viewers. I don’t like blake but if you are going to disrespect something get the facts straight.
March 23, 2017 @ 5:32 pm
Blake is a great person and a good singer with some skills in songwriting. His problem is that he hardly ever writes songs anymore, instead he lets the money hungry songwriters of Warner bros write songs for him that cater to pop fans and voice fans. I feel like he wants to sing traditional songs but he knows that those pop/voice fans wouldn’t like it. He would do great singing songs that Jon Pardi and Chris Stapleton sing, and I think he will when his life starts to set back in when the voice ends and when his relationship with Gwen settles down. With the hosting of award shows, frequent visits to late night shows and almost year round weekly appearances on the voice, he feels his profile is too high to sing music that doesn’t resonate. But that’s what frustrates me. Traditional sounding music would resonate considering most of his fans on the voice vote through his traditional country team members. So what I’m getting at is that Blake needs to realize that he doesn’t have to cater to his pop fans, if he would just return to his old sound, he would have more future #1 singles and more success at the not so important award shows. And also let me add how pitiful I think “country” music is these days. It’s not country music that is bad, it’s the singers that label themselves as country and use country radio to further their careers that ruin “country”. One of the big “stars” of country (Luke, Aldean, Shelton) need to make a point by actually singing the music they claim to love so that country can be on the route it was on in the early 2000’s.