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Ray Price accepts Blake Shelton's apology over country music comments


Ray Price has forgiven Blake Shelton after "The Voice" judge reached out to the singing legend to apologise for the cutting comments he made about traditional country music.

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The singer caused controversy when he criticised veteran country performers who don't agree with the new direction in which the genre is going.

"Country music has to evolve in order to survive," Shelton said. 'Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music." Shelton's remarks offended Country Music Hall of Fame member Price, who publicly expressed his disapproval in a Facebook post and prompted the TV star to issue an apology on Twitter.

Price has now accepted Shelton's apology and returned to his Facebook page to praise the star. In a post on the website, he wrote, "I had no idea how far this would go when I made my comment about Blake Shelton's statement ... I have accepted Blake Shelton's apology to me personally. I think Blake is a fine young man with a big future in country music. I agree that he should be given a chance to restore his credibility with the millions of fans who were deeply offended by those hurtful words... I would regret it if the words I have spoken would in any way harm Blake personally or his career and his chances for the future. Best of luck to you, Blake."

Feb 5, 2013 12:42AM

Wasn't it Johnny Cash that referred to the current crop of "country" singers as "hat acts?"  Except for Dwight Yoakam, I agree with him.

Feb 4, 2013 10:46AM
Old country music is real music.  The current country music can be called pop music from a cookie cutter music factory.
Feb 2, 2013 3:43PM
Evolve???? More like degrade! It's not Country anymore, it's Pop music. That's the Plain Truth & I'm damn sure not going to pay a couple hundred dollars to go to one of their shows to hear a bunch of PopRock teenyboppers with cowboys hats. Like that gay Rascal Flatts boy. I doubt seriously if he could saddle a horse...Country ???? Pa leeze!
Feb 2, 2013 3:27PM
Blake Shelton is a fool at times and his saying no one wants to listen to their "grandpa's" music is just another example of that. If not for the Ray Price's, Willie Nelson's, Little Jimmy Dickens, and i could go on forever there would be no Shelton. Blake has gathered some steam as a performer and it has gone to his head. He needs to humble himself and be thankful these "grandpas" paved the road for him and the rest of these youngsters singing country music today.
Jan 31, 2013 10:00PM
I find there's room in the genre for both styles of country.  There's just not room enough for Shelton's ego.  From the moment he came on the scene he has acted like he's some god who's going to save country music and I adored Miranda Lambert until she hooked up with him.  It's sad watching the two of them belittle other people when there's absolutely no reason necessary.  A little "keeping the mouth shut" goes a long way!
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