Not everyone is happy to see the parameters of country music expanding as the genre becomes increasingly intertwined with classic rock. Perhaps not surprisingly, Clay Walker, whose next album is titled Long Live the Cowboy, is one of those people.
In a new interview with The Modesto Bee, the country staple sounded off on the influx of outside artists reinventing themselves in the country world, like Poison‘s Bret Michaels and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, who both recently released country singles.
“I can’t stand to see outdated rock-and-rollers coming in to play country music,” Walker said. “That really p—ed me off. We have great singers, great country musicians. There’s no reason we have to dilute it by letting people in the format that don’t have any business being in the format.”
As you can imagine, Walker is also not a fan of the blurring of hip-hop and country music—where rapper Nelly currently stands—but he’s still able to appreciate that the genre has opened up for new fans.