Originally Posted by October
You notice there's an unspoken thing in the music world that goes like this -- If and when your career in (whatever other type of music) is drying up, try to make it in country. Country will take anybody.
Wait a minute! You probably didn't mean it offensively but that kind of hurts, being a lifelong Country fan. Many Country songs can, and do, have lots of meaning and depth and they're not all just a bunch of empty-headed guitar-twanging, straw-chewing dorks.
Personally, as far as Jessica Simpson's crossover, I don't like her at all and I know of quite a few others who feel the same. I don't think she'll last in Nashville much longer either. I feel the same way about Jewel. I just don't think she fits. She's too "folky." Have you heard of Allison Krause? I feel the same way about her. I don't think she fits the Country radio standards but she has a HUGE following in the folk music industry. She has had quite a few duets with other artists that have done really well on Country radio, though.
As for Bucky, I really didn't like his first single at all (the content dated him since he's so young) but all of his following songs have been really good IMO.
I'm still on the fence about Kelly Pickler. I really didn't like her at all at first but she has had a couple good songs out. Darius Rucker, though, I think he's really good! There's something about his voice that I really like! It just sounds country to me. I also enjoyed him as the frontman for Hootie, BTW.
The problem I think with both Bucky and Kelly is that they were reality show winners, which generally are not anything like the people who have been in their local bar circuit for years trying to get a break in Nashville. Those performers generally don't last long or it takes a while to be accepted. The one exception to that rule (and a HUGE exception) is Carrie Underwood. She's phenomenal, IMO! I got the chance to see her perform at the State Fair here 3 years ago and her voice is amazing.
OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.
That's just how I feel about it all.