Crossover Country is Nothing New — Let’s Take a Look [VIDEO]
I find it funny that people get so upset by artists like Taylor Swift who have had success on both the country and pop charts. Okay admittedly, her music is more mainstream than say George Strait, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t fit on country radio. If you look back over the years there have been a number of country-based artists that have crossed over with their pop sound.
Some examples are Johnny Cash, Ronnie Milsap, Olivia Newton-John, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood — heck even Johnny Lee had success on the pop charts with the song ‘Lookin’ for Love’ during the whole urban cowboy era. More recently, Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Redneck Women’ scored big on the country and pop charts. I could go on and on, but what it really comes down to is you don’t have to like every artist’s sound; you can like what you like, but allow those of us with a diverse palette to enjoy variety. Think about it, back in the day the Beatles and even Elvis were considered rock n’ roll today they’re called classics or oldies. Back then it wouldn’t be surprising to hear them on the same station as Aretha Franklin and the Beach Boys. Pop stands for whats popular at the time.
I’m proud to work in country radio and support all types of artists, from Taylor to Alan Jackson. I think there is room for everybody.