Following Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, Twitter and Facebook was ablaze with comments from fans who were extremely disappointed.
The June 8 awards show angered country fans because of the inclusion of rapper Pitbull, pop singer-producer Pharrell, and pop girl group Fifth Harmony.
Fans also felt that the "country" was left out of the Country Music Television Awards Show.
One person who agrees with that sentiment is Jon Pardi. When asked if he thought country music has "gone too far from its roots," Pardi didn't hold back.
"I think country music has gone a little bit far left of country," he said to The Tennessean in an interview. "I think at a time being more traditional will be acceptable with all the modern stuff still going on. We're all in this together. I love everybody who's making their music and doing their thing. That's the beautiful thing about country music. Everybody gets to do what they wanna do."
Pardi is releasing his new album California Sunshine, which will be more traditional country than modern.
The album's debut single "Head Over Boots" is already in the Top 20 on both Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts and is just a preview of what's to come for his sophomore record.
Pardi's first album, Write You A Song, debuted to extremely positive reviews, notching him four Top 40 singles.
Watch his interview below.
And listen to his single "Head over Boots" below.
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