My problem isn't that the new Country exists - it's selling, and the market seems to "call the tune". I can't help but wonder why old Country and Western songs have such a hard time finding their way into the alternative music market. Why do so many people who welcome old scratchy 78 versions of folk tunes look down their nose at good country songs? It seems that there is a whole generation of country music that isn't old enough to be considered "classic", like Hank Williams, Jimmie Rogers and the Carter Family and is not "radio friendly' enough to be on the current charts.
Guys like Bobby Bare, Gary Stewart, the Gatlin Brothers, Foster & Lloyd, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Johnny Rodriguez, Bob McDill, Troy Seals, Freddie Fender, Wynn Stewart - geez, the list of singers/songwriters that have great stuff out there goes on and on. . .And among the radio dreck there is also some classic stuff being written and released. It's a darn shame.