Randy Meeker sent us this insightful email. Enjoy …
“Another take on “Is Country Music Dead?”
Real Country music is alive and well, it just doesn’t get the attention¸ airplay, TV shows, Radio coverage that it used to. And probably rightly so. The music has changed, as have the instruments we each play have improved. I play pedal steel, lap steel, straight steel and dobro. I also have or do play guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, some double bass, keyboards, and whatever else I can get my hands on.
I love country music, and Americana music, and bluegrass and folk and classic rock, blues and jazz. Does Pedal Steel fit into those genres? You betcha! – however, other instruments sometimes fit better. Music, by its nature, is ever evolving as the genres have to be to accept new submissions into their fold.
What may not have grown or changed is the music fan’s acceptance of those fundamentals. Sometimes as we mature, we focus in on what we like, what speaks to, what expresses how we are feeling down to a point of a single artist or a single group of like artists. Nothing else will satisfy these discriminating listeners. Cross-Over marketing is trying to blend the hype and crowd of aging Rock and Roll markets with the fundamentals of good country (songwriting, vocal mixes that you can hear the words) and penetrate the market of the baby boomers, gen X’ers and more as the demographic and purchasing trends are ever changing.
Add to this that the model of music distribution has completely changed, there are few Big Label promotion campaigns and now the world of Indie Songwriter, Singer, Performer targeting YouTube, iTunes, Reverb Nation and all the other media sources that are web based, there is shrinking need for physical media when so much of people’s musical content is streamed via on-line sources.
All these changes actually have changed the game in favor of country artists, no longer do you have to put up with the antics, shenanigans and shams of Music City. You can grab your computer and put down your own cuts, buy studio quality sidemen online, you can fly your music to a producer that can tweak and twist it around, mix it down and put together an amazing product without having to cough up a ton cash.
However¸ if you want the best, you will still have to travel to Nashville to get the A+ players, pay them triple scale, find a producer that can convince them to work on your project, and rent some very expensive state of the art studio time to get a product that sounds just like all the other songs being produced today. Some things do not change. There is just so much more available today.
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Thanks for that email. You said it man, I love the part of steel being used in all types and genres of music. I love steel in the pop/country sound and would like to hear it in a rock/ metal style. It would be kinda spooky but metal heads love that stuff. It does play a huge and significant role in Country music that is well deserved. If you get the right players, Cowboy Eddie Long, Barrett Williams, Mike Johnson, Steve Hinson, many other Nashville session players, you will smile ear to ear when it’s done. Steel is that ingredient that makes the cake. Thanks for the great article mr. Randy. Be good