Just saw an article at Foxnews.com about a new song on George Straits box set covering the years beginning with 1996. It’s about being “kicked out of Country”. After having 60 (consecutive?) chart-topping hits, his two singles from his 2015 release didn’t chart high, and he believes was ignored by Country radio with one of the excuses being he’s too old. It was a song he, and his co-writer, wanted to compose after observing how he is being treated at Country radio. If there is any type of pop music where one would expect see its fans continue to be interested in the output of recent historical luminaries, it would be in Country music.
Why? Every time a new generation comes into its own, the format identities serving it change- Pop, AC, rock, soft rock, etc. etc.
George was pushed out by guys like Eric Church and Jason Aldean. George forgets he was in the wave that pushed out Buck Owens , Bill Anderson, and Charley Pride. These young guys will get pushed out as well, like acts like Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Martina McBride, and others have.