Last night was a huge step for country music. The best man won. Congrats to @ChrisStapleton!
I remember one night around 2008... It was my third or fourth time to play Cheatham Street Warehouse and I had managed to build my crowd there to a whopping 10 people. After the show I walked down to talk to Kent Finlay at his usual spot on his stool at the end of the bar. I was feeling pretty discouraged and a little guilty for not covering the guarantee and costing him money, again. Kent looked at me and said "Jason, I watched Stevie Ray Vaughn sit on that stage night after night and sometimes the only people here were me and the bar staff. He did that for a lot of nights before anyone paid any attention. You just keep showing up and doing what you do and it'll come around." And he kept booking me (and losing money) until it did. I still think about that conversation to this day. He was a believer in music and his belief was infectious. I know that anyone who ever met him would say the same thing. He and his words will always be a part of me. I will miss him.
This article talks about how tough it is for these country-rappers to break through to mainstream country radio and how they have to go around the system to get their music heard. If they think that's tough they should try playing a three chord country song and see how far that gets them. I guarantee that's a harder sell to mainstream right now than what they are doing. Link