William Michael Morgan Decries the State of Country Music
William Michael Morgan says that the state of country music right now is unsalvageable. Responding to a thread on Twitter, the "I Met a Girl" singer owns being a traditionalist while calling for singers with "real songs to turn this around."
"I was debating whether to speak my mind or not," Morgan writes. "I decided to. I am just gonna say that the state of country music at the moment is far from salvageable. It will take real singers. With real songs to turn this around. But I’m a traditionalist."
The conversation started with a Taste of Country tweet that listed 14 artists known for having a traditional country sound beneath a caption that asked "Who's saving real country music?" The meme elicited hundreds of responses and suggestions, but not everyone agreed with the principle that "real" country music means country music that sounds like the music of the '70s, '80s or even '90s. One person stated that she appreciated the diversity she hears in country music these days, to which Morgan replied with "Yeah. Some people like diversity. And some people like country music."
The two exchanged another set of tweets (see below), and Morgan continued engaging with fans for the next 30 minutes or so. On Tuesday morning (Jan. 22) he picked back up, retweeting someone who praised his song "Brokenhearted."
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The 25-year-old Morgan is a celebrated country music singer in the style of legends like George Strait, Tracy Lawrence and more. "I Met a Girl" (written by Sam Hunt) was a Top 5 hit from his Vinyl album. The album produced one more Top 40 single, "Missing." He recently released a slow-burning love song called "Tonight Girl" to streaming services, but it's not clear if it will be included on a future album, an album he admits will be inspired by a failed engagement and quitting drinking.
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