Keifer Thompson has a strong opinion about where country music is heading.
Country music is always evolving, but Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson thinks that, “we will be genreless in ten years.“
Bro-country is on the rise, and many artists have shared their opinions with the genre. Thompson is a fan of some of it, but, he mostly thinks that, “We’ve kind of opened the flood gates for an influx of different genres to kind of step into country music.“
He often asks himself, “Is country music country music anymore?“
“That is a little sad, because country music has always — it hasn’t been pop music — it’s always been that. So when everyone else was doing their thing, country music always had a smaller stake in the claim, but it was always country music and you always knew it when you heard it. You can’t really make that distinction anymore sometimes.”
Although he is not a fan of the popification of country music, he doesn’t believe that artists need to return to the classic country roots, either.
“I don’t think it needs to go back to George Jones and Johnny Cash, but I do think the songs need to have some more meat on ‘em,” he continues. “And get back to some story songs, that mean somethin’ … The cool thing about what’s going on right now is the people are telling us what country music should sound like. I think as an artist, what you have to do is be yourself. I think if people want to buy it, people want it, people love it, then God bless ya … Whether I like it or not, it doesn’t really matter.”
One thing that Thompson is certain about, is that music streaming services are truly doing a disservice to artists and writers alike.
“When people are streaming and literally stealing all of the music, no one is making any money — including us — and that goes all the way down to the song writers,” he says. “And if you don’t have these great song writers able to make a living writin’ songs, your songs aren’t going to be as good, ya know.”
Thompson might be a little worried about making money now that his wife of 16 years are expecting their first child together.
What do y’all think about his opinion? And where do you think the future of country music is headed?
Take a look at Thompson Square’s most popular songs, “Trans Am” and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not“.
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