Country music industry gets a bit more 'color'

June 7, 2013 at 1:07 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Hello! I am here to provide an update to my previous letter to the editor regarding the lack of racial diversity in country music.

I have some good news regarding Lionel Ritchie's country music efforts. On Sept. 1, 2012, the music video for Lionel Ritchie's duet with Billy Currington, "Just For You," aired on the television show "Music Raw Profiles," which does not have any profiles at all but is instead a collection of music videos. Each episode showcases six music videos, and for some odd reason, they decided to give more screen time to focus on lesser-known or indie country artists who rarely make the cut on country radio stations. Before watching that episode of "Music Raw Profiles," I had not even heard of the likes of Craig Campbell, Sarah Darling, Jason Sturgeon or the Josh Abbott Band.

It is truly sad that a cheaply produced show intended for first-run syndication would give airtime to Lionel Ritchie's country efforts while the well-established country cable channels and radio stations neglect to do so - except, of course, for that ACM special on CBS and an appearance on a Kenny Rogers special on GAC.

In other news related to the subject, Rissi Palmer is going to return to the industry with a brand new album coming out soon titled "Best Day Ever," which should be a big treat for country fans wanting a bit more "color." I hope this will tide the people over who read my first letter.

Jeremy Aron Patterson, Yoakum



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