There’s a disturbing new trend in country music: Producers are cutting out instrumental sections to make the songs fit certain broadcast formats.
In a recent article in Billboard, country superstar Brad Paisley explained that “on country radio, there’s a tendency to edit out the guitar solos to save time.” Eric Church’s musically adventurous “The Outsiders” is but one song affected by this new regimen. Sometimes, country music producers bowdlerize songs preemptively, before they even leave the studio. “Trans Am” by Thompson Square, for instance, fell victim to an in-studio trim.
A lifelong guitarist and music obsessive, even I feel tempted to switch the channel somewhere around minute nine of the triple-guitar finale in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.” But guitar solos, from Bill Haley and the Comets to Jack White, are as integral to the American music scene as blue jeans are to the American fashion scene.… Seguir leyendo »