Blake Shelton stuck his boot in his mouth on Thursday when he realized he offended the legendary Ray Price with an off-the-cuff comment calling country music of the past “grandpa's music.” After realizing his big mistake, the country music singer immediately stepped out to apologize and explain how the comments where in reflection to how country music is today. Releasing a statement on Twitter, Shelton really does identify with country music artists including Ray Price.
Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement "Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music, And probably some other things from that same interview on GAC Backstory… I hate that I upset him… The truth is my statement was and STILL Is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY... The way Mr. Price did along hid journey as a main stream country artist… Pushing the boundaries with his records. "For The Goodtimes" is a perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music… It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended…
The statement, obviously written from the heart, explained how he gave a comment about music today and it ended up sounding like he was reflecting on how people think of country music in a contemporary setting. While the explanation helped identify his thoughts, it’s obvious he didn't mean to cause any heartache to legendary artists.
“I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and it's future AND past is important to me. I'll put my Love and respect and knowledge,” tweeted Blake Shelton from his official Twitter account.
Blake Shelton obviously felt the issue was so important to clarify that he stepped up to apologize before anyone asked and he even directed it to the man who might be offended. Which definitely is a class act as not everyone is willing to take the heat for misplaced comments, even if the words are taken out of context.
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