As the father of a young daughter, husband to a strong wife, brother of an awesome sister and son of a loving mother I’ve been taking in all this “Girl in a Country Song” vs Bro-Country brouhaha with a keen interest from afar. The Bro-Country phenomenon is a fad. A passing fancy no different than the Urban Cowboy, Countrypolitan, Neo-traditionalist, or Hat Act eras. It’s interminable in the moment, but will be gone relatively soon.
The difference in those previous fads and the current Bro-Country one is that those paid deference to women (for the most part–there were sexist elements that were a product of their time). They respected them. They weren’t just booty shorts on a tailgate. They weren’t just compared to a melody or relegated to disrespectful arm candy via the most baseless, brain-dead lyrics imaginable. I can’t fathom Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Randy Travis, George Strait, Keith Whitley et al singing about throwing beer cans at a girl’s window, skinny dipping in a river, or stripteasing in the bed of a pickup. Would they possibly allude to those things? Sometimes. But, they’d do it in a very clever manner.
The degradation of women is nothing new in the hip-hop world. The late 90’s/early 00’s was fraught with the same types of disrespect women are currently being shown in country music. Rap music, at large, moved beyond those elements years ago. Nashville is still embracing them (just as they rip off the most corny elements of that terrific, … Keep Reading