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Country legends Ray Price and Ray Stevens are sounding off about comments Blake Shelton made on his GAC special Backstory, which aired in December. Here's what Blake said regarding the evolution of Country music:
“If I am Male Vocalist of the Year that must mean that I’m one of those people now that who gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on. Country music has to move on in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God! That ain’t country.’ Well, that’s because you don’t buy records anymore jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy that you’re buying.”
Stevens issued a statement, reading: “I just heard Blake Shelton’s remarks about ‘old farts and jackasses’ and all I want to know is how he found out the title to my next single because it’s been a closely guarded secret here at the ‘Home.’ It will be available on vinyl or 8-Track at your nearest Tower Records store.”
Blake took to Twitter to clear the air, tweeting, “Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price … I hate that I upset him. The truth is my statement was and still is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular, just exactly the way Mr. Price did along his journey as a mainstream country artist … I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended.”
Ray Price writes:' 'Hi Folks, I had no idea how far this would go when I made my comment about BLAKE SHELTON’S statement regarding CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC and that it had no place in the evolution of Country Music. I HAVE ACCEPTED BLAKE SHELTON’S APOLOGY TO ME PERSONALLY. I think Blake is a fine young man with a big future in Country Music. I AGREE that he should be given a chance to restore his credibility with the MILLIONS OF FANS who were deeply offended by those HURTFUL WORDS AND RENAMING US ALL AS…..well, you know what he said. I would regret it if the words I have spoken would in any way harm Blake personally or his career and his chances for the future. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, BLAKE. Thanks All. RAY PRICE''