Steve Earle thinks modern country stars make “hip hop for people who are afraid of black people”
Steve Earle has come out to publicly criticise male country singers, claiming that all the best music coming out of his Nashville home is currently being produced by women.
The iconic rock and country artist made his comments in an interview with The Guardian, where he had a pop at Noel Gallagher, admitted his admiration for Damon Albarn and criticised the choice or words being used by modern country stars.
“The best stuff coming out of Nashville is all by women except for Chris Stapleton,” he said. “The guys just wanna sing about getting f***ed up. They’re just doing hip hop for people who are afraid of black people.
“I like the new Kendrick Lamar record, so I’ll just listen to that.”
Earle also reckons Noel Gallagher was “the most overrated songwriter in the whole history of pop music.”
“They [Oasis] were perfect for the Brit press because they behaved badly and got all the attention,” he added. “Blur were really great. That guy Damon Albarn is a real f***in’ songwriter.”
It’s not the first time that modern country stars have faced criticism for the direction some seem to be taking the genre. The late Merle Haggard, who died last year aged 79, explained his distaste for the current nature.
“I can’t tell what they’re doing,” he said in an interview in 2015. “They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature.
“I don’t find no substance. I don’t find anything you can whistle and nobody even attempts to write a melody. It’s more of that kid’s stuff. It’s hot right now, but I tell you what, it’s cooling off.”