Because everyone else does!
As sheep, we love following trends. Before we’ve made up our own opinions about something, we’d be more willing to follow someone else’s view on it. This has never been more true when it comes to the music industry and its subsequent genres. More specifically, country music. The prolific singer-songwriters in the genre that have fitting names for such work – Morgan Wallen, Luke Coombs, Keith Ubran – to the more popularised bands of “Life is a Highway” Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry. You could argue that these artists are not even country artists. Or, that they simply don’t want to link their music to such a word.
Side note: Can anyone believe that PIXARS’ Cars is 15 years old?
Whether it is the vocals that are too twangy to us listeners who are not from the Southern states of America, or if it is the pretence of country music and how emotionally cringing it is – bit like that of a High School dance – as fans who feel that they have a good taste in music, country music is at the bottom of the pile. Due to this hideous stigma, the majority of country artists have pretty much lost their original roots and identity to the genre and created an entirely new sub-genre of pop.
With country music less as dominant as it once was, artists and fans are beginning to distance themselves from such a genre.
Personally, I don’t see the reason. And ever since the rise of the Internet, country music has got the short straw. Punishable by death, country music has been tarnished and dragged through the mud as a genre. Once a trend starts on the Internet, it is less so of an opinion and more of a statement of fact, at that point. So, country music became this big hoo-ha and fans starting distancing themselves from it, too.
So, the reason why you have a problem with country music is because everyone else has a problem. I guarantee that the majority of people who made their minds up about country music had their minds made up for them by somebody else.
The ratio between hating a genre and never actually listening to the same genre I bet, is huge.
What are your thoughts on this one?