Multi-platinum recording artist Gary Allan ruffled some feathers last week with his bold statements regarding the state of modern country music. Blasting Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as being "pop artists making a living in the country genre," he quickly became a target for fans and critics, alike. However, with the release of his apology letter on Friday (Sept. 20), Allan says his comments were taken out of context.
"Dear radio friends," he began in what appears to be a handwritten note. "My Larry King interview just aired. Let me tell you what I didn't say: I didn't say Country music sucks."
He continued, backpedaling further, "I didn't say that country radio has screwed up our music."
"What I was trying to say: The music made my some of today's most popular acts, including MY OWN, bears little resemblance to the country music I grew up on. We all know we have to evolve to succeed. Country radio is doing that, bringing more listeners to country music than ever before. As artists, we work hard to record the best songs and when we get it right, you guys make them hits."
"My heart will always be in country music," he conclude.
Recently, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown have come forward with similar words of criticism for today's country music. Brown's comments, in particular, were rather brash. “If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, daisy duke song, I’m gonna throw up. There’s songs out there on the radio right now that make me be ashamed to be even in the same format as some other artists," he said in an interview Barbara Beam from 93.7 JRfm.
He then took to task the songwriters behind many of the biggest hits from previous years. “You can look and see some of the same songwriters on every one of the songs," he laments. "There’s been like 10 number one songs in the last two or three years that were written by the same people and it’s the exact same words, just arranged different ways.”