In My Humble Opinion…A Look Back at 2016¬†

Like most country listeners, I had very little optimism for 2016, despite the hopeful sign of Chris Stapleton’s wins at the CMAs. Let’s be honest 2015 was a improvement overy the two years before, but not by much.

Then we come to 2016, the mixed up crazy year that has seen deaths that impacted all genres of music in crazy numbers. We had Merle Haggard, Joey Feek, Glen Frey, Leon Russell, Prince, David Bowie, Holly Dunn, Lenard Cohen, George Michaels and others I’m sure I’m forgetting all in one year. All named had a trememdous impact on all genres, down to Haggard. 

Haggard’s death in April made us wonder if real country music wasn’t to follow, and the other deaths made us wonder how long our remaining legends have left.

But as sad of a year as it’s been, there have been many positives this year. Turns out Stapleton’s win at the CMAS has jerked the genre closer to its roots, with more traditional sounds and more substance. Does that mean metro bro and other trends have died? No. Did country music have a complete turn around? No. And there’s still more than enough garbage on the radio. Look at bs like Chris Lane’s “Fix”.

But compared to recent years, while being a sad one, the moves toward substance give me hope for the genre I’d lost over the past few years. Trust me folks Rome wasn’t built in a day. 

We had Stapleton repeat his win this year with Male Vocalist, Brothers Osborne unseat FGL as duo, and many older traditional performers on the CMAs. We saw Aldean and the other bros get snubbed. We saw a number one by a solo writer (Humble and Kind), two young traditionalists who are new to the fold have number ones ( Jon PardI with Head Over Boots, and William Michael Morgan with I Met A Girl). We saw more substance from radio in general in 2016 with Tim McGraw leading the way with more traditional sounds, Eric Church with incredible singles like Record Year, and a suprising double album from Miranda Lambert. And that’s just some of the good this year. 

This is why I actually look forward to 2017 with the hope that out genre will finally make its turnaround. It’s already getting there but there’s a ways to go.

Wtf CMT..Chicken People!!!???..In My Humble Opinion 

Scheduled to be on CMT 8 pm Wedsday, i feel like a moron even watching the promo. The description from CMT.com reads:

ABOUT THE FILM

Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. CMT is teaming up with Emmy Award-winning Motto Pictures, also this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Documentary) Winner for Weiner, and Emmy nominated director Nicole Lucas Haimes forChicken People, a two-hour documentary that takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. A real life Best in Show but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken People is produced by Motto Pictures and Haimes Film, with Julie Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Chris Clements, and Terry Leonard producing. Nicole Lucas Haimes executive produces and Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT

Ok I’m sure some of ya’ll are saying “So its just a chicken movie…whats the big deal”. The big deal is CMT (which is COUNTRY MUSIC Television the last I checked) keeps throwing stupid shit out there that makes Country Music like like a joke. Why of all things have a documentary about people that moreless molest chickens to win a trophy, when you could make a documentary about a country star or a legend ( you know actually living up to the name) instead of this bs or even stupider trash like Party Down South for example. 

The network only has 5 hours of music videos a day, maybe 15 played over and over, that even remotely qualify and music let alone Country Music. And thats it, unless its time for the CMT awards, which are a joke anyway. Its bs to me that 19 hours of the day are filled with crap such as Roseanne, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Last Man Standing, Random movies etc.Ill take back one hour for the inclusion of Reba, but thats still 18 hours where not shit has to do with Country Music!

CMT has earned its reputation over the 10 to 12 years of being a joke because of the horrible original programing they sell to the masses. They either need to make CMT country agian, or lose the name altogether. Please quit making a mokery of Country Music and the fans that love it so much. Show a little respect instead of riding a name to pad your ass.