In a new interview, Clay Walker makes it clear that he doesn't see a place for rock in country music.
Clay Walker has been a fixture in country music for over twenty years and has some strong opinions on the genre's current state.
In a recent interview with the Modesto Bee, Walker says he's not happy about the current influx of rock-based musicians entering into the country music radar.
"I can't stand to see outdated rock-and-rollers coming in to play country music," he said. "That really pissed me off."
Although Walker didn't name any names, Motley Crue, The Doobie Brothers and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are the most recent rockers to release country music-based projects.
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"We have great singers, great country musicians," Walker adds. "There's no reason we have to dilute it by letting people in the format that don't have any business being in the format."
As an artist, Walker has kept his sound mostly rooted in the traditional realm of country music. He did see a lot of positives happening inside the industry, however, saying that "there's never been a better time to release an album" as a country artist. Walker sees the overall evolution of the genre as somethings that has created great opportunities for both new and established artists.
"It'll never be the same; we will never go back to the way it was in the '80s or the '90s or anything like that. Which is good," he said. "This change in the music has definitely helped country music grow. I think I've been able to make an album of music that falls right where it should be."
Walker says his new album, Long Live the Cowboy, will be released sometime this summer.