It is great to be successful in your chosen field, and especially in the entertainment business, but when it comes to being successful with thousands of fans who are your support base, and you do not know how to handle this success, then it is time for your parents, your friends, your management, your booking agent, or maybe even your fans, to tell you that you need to change some of your ways, when it affects all of these people, who are the ones who make or break what you do. An entertainer is only as good as his fan base-remember that.
So, let’s talk about a young successful artist, who, from what I have heard, has a real potty mouth. I guess to some people, that is really no big deal, but it seems to be turning people off and away from Blake Shelton, who evidently has a LARGE EGO to go with his career status. I remember him saying that the road gets to him and he would rather spend more time at home. When he made the choice to want to become successful in the music business, his life changed. Now the Grand Ole Opry has inducted him as their new member, which is really not all that great when you look at all of the rest that they have inducted over the past several years, and I can recall that only Martina McBride, Diamond Rio, Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner, maybe a couple of others, come back on a regular appearance, oh yes and Carrie Underwood has been good for the Opry. BUT I don’t believe there is a language problem with these artists or any of the others when it comes to Facebook, Twitter, and any other electronic messaging, which Shelton uses to express his thoughts, and it gets pretty rugged at times. Is he trying to be Mr. Ego, in that he feels he can say what he wants, when he wants? I believe he is engaged to Miranda Lambert, and isn’t it true that she has had problems at some of her concerts with her mouth. Then there is Jamey Johnson, one of the new super awesome artist/songwriters, (and pure country to the bone), who is having trouble with promoters, venues, and all because of his mouth. I love his music and his writing. I met him last year at a Christmas Party and he told me how much he loved Johnny PayCheck music, but let’s just be cautious of what we say in public that might turn off the fans, talents agents, venues, and promoters. When PayCheck was at the top of his game, he was the lead artists in the Outlaw time of music, and his fan base were Take This Job & Shove It Fans, plus the ones who loved all of his music, but this is another day and time.
Now back to the Shelton story. Somebody come forward and tell me that Shelton does not use the language that they are accusing him of using. Twitter and Facebook can be an asset or can be detrimental to anyone, if they are in business, personal, or entertainment. Shelton should use this free line of addressing his fans and whoever, for only purposes of talking about his career, and in doing so, get rid of the macho language that he is using. No one thinks it is funny, no one appreciates it, and he will continue to lose a certain amount of his fan base by continuing to express his thoughts with bad language. Hey, when your with the guys on the bus or in the dressing room, that is your business, but when you are sending your messages out to the public, use some discretion, when and where use foul language, and please when you are inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, don’t embarrass the country music industry with your mouth, other than singing. Sing your hit songs, and don’t forget to make regular appearances at your new home in country music.
You might not like what I have said, but I don’t like what you are saying, so continue to sing great songs and use whatever language you wish, when it is with “your buddies.”
Marty Martel | firstname.lastname@example.org