Country music singer and The Voice judge Blake Shelton has apologized for recent comments he made about traditional country music.
Shelton found himself receiving some backlash from a number of country heavyweights after he described some musicians as “old farts.” According to Taste of Country, these comments did not settle well with a number of individuals.
Blake Shelton said:
“Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jacka**. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”
One individual who didn’t appreciate the remark was country music legend Ray Price. Upon hearing Shelton’s comment, the musician took to Facebook and issued a lengthy response to the situation. Just as the controversy was coming to a head, Blake decided to issue an apology.
MSN reports that The Voice judge reached out to Price to say he was sorry for his comments. Price has seen accepted the singer’s apology, going as far as to praise Shelton on Facebook.
“I had no idea how far this would go when I made my comment about Blake Shelton’s statement … I have accepted Blake Shelton’s apology to me personally. I think Blake is a fine young man with a big future in country music. I agree that he should be given a chance to restore his credibility with the millions of fans who were deeply offended by those hurtful words … I would regret it if the words I have spoken would in any way harm Blake personally or his career and his chances for the future. Best of luck to you, Blake.”
What do you think about Blake Shelton’s comments about traditional country music? Do you think he was out of line or right on the money?