Posted on : 11-07-2009 | By : Live Concert | In : Country Music
Tags: Country Music, Country Music Names, DJ, Music
An interesting trend is currently occurring in country music radio: country singer names, first and last (sometimes middle), are being simplified. Garth Brooks is Garth. Reba McEntire is Reba. Willie Nelson is just Willie. After a song, radio DJ‘s are reducing the names down to one.
It is possible it’s a time-saving device; it’s easier to say “That was Willie with ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain‘.” Some may argue that the simplified name is because of country music’s “simple” fans. While some country music fans may embrace this label, others may find it offensive.
But can be dwindling names is a sign of respect for the artist. The musicians with only one name have gained a certain amount of regard in th music industry. Toby Keith has become Toby. Occasionally Brooks and Dunn is Kix and Ronnie ( it is not shorter but more respectful). Then of course the ample names: Reba, Garth, Alan (or AJ), Willie, and so on. It gets trickier with names like George (George Strait or George Jones?) and Hank (junior or senior?). But even Hank is usually “Hank Junior” or “Hank Senior.” On the contrary, country singer names of newer musicians are all the majority always referred to in full.
However another argument is the sense of comfort country music induces in its audiences. Perhaps deejays try to secure that by referring to the multi-million-dollar stars by their 1st names. They talk about Reba prefer she’s your sister and not a star you’ll never meet (this is reinforced by the reruns of her television show where she’s the mother next door). Radio has given these country singer names and some, prefer Reba, have embraced them, showing only the 1st name on posters, compact disc s, and even television shows.
And you remember uncle Garth instead of the perfect -selling musician of all time with enough resources to support his gran children’s grand children. This is the same guy who vary d the way artists negotiated contracts and got paid; this country singer names his price on anything. He became influential in the industry and bought a big house and smashed thousand-dollar guitars on stage. But the radio makes you think you may call him up and talk about fishing two Sundays ago when you were eating fried chicken on the bank and did not get a bite. And do not forget his superstar wife, Trisha.
All in all, country performer names shortened seems to mean something. It’s up to the individual to determine meaning, but disk jockeys had to have shortened them for a reason. Now, you have to wonder when the new country music singers’ names will dwindle down to one. Or can be you miss the Brooks, the McEntires, the Nelsons, the Williams. can be you want the final names back. And what about the singers with three names: Earl Thomas Connely, John Michael Montgomery. Do they lose radio time because they have long names?