[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brantley Gilbert[/lastfm] – “Country Must Be Country Wide” (Valory)
There was a time when Country Music was the “red-headed stepchild” of Pop Culture.
Occasionally, a great Country song would cross over to the Pop/Rock Top 40…but for the most part, Nashville operated in its own vacuum, like a child with “cooties” ignored by their classmates, while Pop/Rock’s popularity went unchallenged.
Those days are long gone.
Today, Country and Pop/Rock run on parallel tracks of popularity in a back-and-forth duel…and by most measurable standards – concert attendance, radio and TV ratings, CD sales and digital downloads, – Country often leads.
That Lady Antebellum swept the GRAMMYs in a year in which Eminem (link NSFW) released his most critically acclaimed album ever…is a telling sign of the respect Country Music has earned in Pop Culture.
Many diverse factors have led to this day – enough to fill a college-level study course.
But Brantley Gilbert boiled it all down to a 3:30 anthem.
Country IS country-wide.