Friday, January 23, 2009

Country Gets The Pazz and Jop Shaft

This is not a sour grapes post, but just stating the facts. In the past, Country music hasn't always fared well on Pazz & Jop, but there was always at least 1 or 2 Country albums that would chart. Albums by Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert have all charted in the Top 40. In 2008, a year that produced 2 of the year's best Country albums, Jamey Johnson's That Lonesome Song and Hayes Carll's Trouble In Mind, only the Drive-By Truckers were able to chart Top 40. Johnson went #56 and Carll #60. Even Taylor Swift, who probably got more play with music critic's than the average Country singer, only got to #51. Hell, once critic proof fave Lucinda Williams stalled at #52.
Most Pop music critic's don't seek out Country titles, unless they cross over, like Taylor Swift, or get so much buzz that they can't avoid listening to it, like Loretta Lynn's Jack White album.
But still the showing this year was pretty poor. Not one Country oriented single got above #32.
I'm not surprised because it's like this every year. Unless the Voice gets more Country critic's to vote, it will always be like this.
Right now I'm listening to an Otis Gibbs CD called Grandpa Walked The Picket Line. Actually released in 2008, it's now getting a more proper one in 2009. As of this writing its the best Country album of the year. What do you say music critics? Want to push this into the P&J Top 40?
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