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Thoughts of the 48th CMA Awards Show

Thoughts of the 48th CMA Awards Show

(Nashville, TN-11.6.14)I did watch the entire show, something I have not done for several years.  I felt that it was well produced, and covered all of country music in the short TV time allotted for the show . 

Brad and Carrie were great hosts, but it is time to change for next year’s show, maybe Vince and Reba, Tim and Faith, or Garth and Trisha.  Brad and Carrie have done great work, but a change cannot hurt the show, and each year select a new male and female artist to be the host.  There are so many great choices in the industry to host the show and it is no reflection on Brad and Carrie.  They have given new life to the show.  CMA has done an awesome job of presenting a production that I feel covers all avenues of country music as much as possible in a limited amount of television time.

Someone tell me, who really represents traditional country music in today’s format, that can be called country music.  I continue  to believe that Blake Shelton holds the reins to leading real country music to new heights.  I hope he will lead the music to more success than it has ever known, and I feel that he is the one who can do that, if he so chooses. 

I wish record labels and artists would record more traditional country music, and make country radio practice what they preach, when they label themselves as country music stations!!!!!!  When I say artists, I mean those artists who love traditional country music, but are afraid to hold to their beliefs because they might not get signed by a label that does not want to record traditional country music!!!!!

I will preach fiddles and steel guitars until my dying breath, but I guess I am preaching to a chosen few. I hope when the 50th CMA Awards Show is aired in a couple of years, that there will be a section of the show to pay homage to the traditional legendary country music artists still living, and those who have passed on.  I also hope they make sure that those artists that are still living are invited to be part of the audience and to be recognized as the cornerstones of country music.  It is up to the artists of today to make sure that the legends of yesterday are given recognition for their contributions to make country music the success that it is today.  I realize that might never happen because of how times have changed in country music, but never say never-right?  I hope we never forget who brought country music to the heights that it is enjoying at the present!!!!

Changing of the guard was evident last night.  Rating rules TV shows.  Now this is going to sound like I have bowed down to the sounds that are not country, but last night the Doobie Bros., “Listen To The Music,” hit a home run as a highlight of how they presented their great song.  Some of you might not agree with me, but when I was a touring artist, I appreciated the Doobie’s music and how they presented it with many of their songs having a country flavor.  I was not totally disappointed in last night’s show, because I realized that I was watching changes that have become evident over the past few years, some good and some not so good, but change is something we cannot alter, only hope that it is for the best.  Time will tell.

A couple thoughts as follows:

Loretta Lynn’s cameo appearance was a highlight, but too short.

Whoever was on the sound board mixing Lady Antebellum must have had his fingers taped together.  The song was a great ROCK SONG.

Florida Georgia Line had a terrible mix on the guitars, maybe not to them.  I will say they had great tattoo’s!!!!!!!!!

Band Perry-Great dress, great performance of a great song, just too bad the mix did not match their great performance.

Tim McGraw was the highlight of the night for me.  Great performance.

I am wondering if the time has come in country music where we are leaving the past behind to fend for itself or if the changing of the guard has just forgotten who paved the road for them.  Time will tell.  I am open to change, but as we make those changes, let’s not forget those who gave this new generation the opportunity to be a part of country music and to make changes.  Hopefully they will make changes that move country music forward into a new era of success.  I hear some great artists of today, who are not afraid to record traditional country music, so I am hoping that this might a trend of the future and that country radio stations will be “country”.  The history of country music is made up of fiddles and steel guitars, so let’s always keep their place sacred and not store them away in vaults not to be heard again.  I feel that the old saying “what goes around, comes around,” is true. BTW, I am not opposed to country music artists who record their music without a tradition sound, but….today’s radio format seems to be more open to traditional country music than it ever has been.  That is just my opinion of what I hear.

My congratulations to CMA for a great production last night.  Hopefully each year the show will continue to feature the roots of traditional country music in some way, and include those artists who are still living and should be recognized by the new generation of country music.  I don’t mind change, but as we change, let’s not forget those that give us the opportunity to make changes, as long as the changes are beneficial to our music.

Your comments pro and con are always welcome and I wish you all a great week and as we close in on the holiday season, I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving with your families.

Marty Martel©

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