Sammy Kershaw: “Country Music Is the Only Genre That Hates Itself”

Interesting insight into the new trends in mainstream country.

It’s a hot-button topic in country music. As pop-country, bro-country and hick-hop become the new mainstream, purists lament the passing of traditional country music.

But classic country star, Sammy Kershaw, says it’s been a long time coming. “Look, I’ve always said country music is the only genre that hates itself. It wants to be everything else, but country music,” he tells Country Weekly. “I’ve been in it for a long, long time and I’ve seen the changes, but it always comes back. But now, I don’t see it coming back. It finally found a route to go.” 

That doesn’t mean Sammy is going to change or conform to find his way onto country radio. In fact, he just released a new album honoring a traditional country legend—Do You Know Me? A Tribute To George Jones.

For more on Sammy, his new album and future projects, pick up the Aug. 11, 2014 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

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