The country singer we’re supposed to like

It kind of annoys me that a certain country singer is being forced down our throats. It reminds me a lot of this take on Olivia Rodrigo. But in Olivia’s case, at least she had a hit song first. This country singer is being presented as if she’s popular but the problem is, she doesn’t have any popular songs! Last time I checked her highest charting song was somewhere in the 40s. But yet we’re constantly seeing her perform on, and even host, TV shows and specials. So who is trying to convince us that she’s popular, and why?

I suspect the answer to that question almost always comes back to “the industry” and “the money.” Someone in an executive position needs this woman to catch on so money can be made. If you’re into country music, have you come up with an idea about who I’m describing? I’ll give you a few seconds to make your guess…

It’s Mickey Guyton.

She’s been around for a few years and I’m not discounting her talent. In fact, she’s probably a great person and a great singer. It’s not Mickey that annoys me, it’s how she’s being forced into our lives whether we want her or not. From where I’m at, it appears as if fans aren’t asking for her, yet at every turn there she is.

I don’t want to believe, but I suspect, she’s being put on a country music pedestal because she’s black. The first black woman in country music to do this or that. The industry trying to make itself relevant and cover it’s own a$$. And using dollar signs to skirt around that curse word is so fitting, isn’t it? Her race as a selling point reminds me of President Biden committing to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court. Pandering at it’s finest.

I have no doubt Mickey is talented. She’s certainly attractive. But why not let fans decide who the fans like? We aren’t even being asked to like her, we’re being told that we like her. I can’t think of anything in the music industry that ticks me off more than that.

Thanks for dropping in…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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