Kiefer Thompson, the male half of married country duo Thompson Square, had a lot to say about the evolution of country music in a new interview.
“What is country music, it’s a relative term,” he told TooFab.com. “The cool thing about what’s going on right now is the people are telling us what country music should sound like. I think as an artist, what you have to do is be yourself. I think if people want to buy it, people want it, people love it, then God bless ya … Whether I like it or not, it doesn’t really matter.”
When it comes to “bro-country”, Thompson revealed he’s not completely inspired by the current course of mainstream country music.
“You know, I am a fan of some of it,” he says. “[But] we’ve kind of opened the flood gates for an influx of different genres to kind of step into country music, ya know? Is country music country music anymore? It’s getting less and less that.”
According to Thompson, this new hybrid of sometimes cliched country and mainstream pop may be leading us to a new musical landscape. “I think we will be genreless in ten years,” he says. “That is a little sad, because country music has always – it hasn’t been pop music – it’s always been that. So when everyone else was doing their thing, country music always had a smaller stake in the claim, but it was always country music and you always knew it when you heard it. You can’t really make that distinction anymore sometimes.”
Even though he’s not completely sold on this new pop-country blend, Thompson also doesn’t want country to take a step backwards in time. “I don’t think it needs to go back to George Jones and Johnny Cash, but I do think the songs need to have some more meat on ’em,” he continues. “And get back to some story songs, that mean somethin.'”
Thompson Square is currently on tour through the end of October. A full list of tour dates has been posted at their official website.