In a groundbreaking achievement, country songs secured the top three spots on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart last year, marking an unprecedented moment in music history. Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night,” Jason Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town,” and Luke Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s iconic hit “Fast Car” dominated the chart, solidifying the genre’s prominence.
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Surprisingly, this trend repeated just weeks later when the overnight sensation Oliver Anthony skyrocketed to number one on the chart, while “Fast Car” and “Last Night” maintained their strong positioning in the top three.
It is worth noting that there may be debates regarding whether these songs truly exemplify the essence of country music, but it cannot be denied that the genre has undeniably gained traction within the mainstream over the past few years.
Jelly Roll’s Perspective: The Driving Forces Behind Country Music’s Resurgence
Jelly Roll, a rapper-turned-country star, attributes this surge in popularity to two individuals: Morgan Wallen and Zach Bryan. During his appearance on the Full Send Podcast, Jelly Roll expressed his admiration for the current state of country music and the impact these artists have had on its growth.
He revealed, “Country is as big and as cool as it’s ever been right now. It’s a really cool moment to be in country music. I’m honored to be in the middle of the wave that is country music right now.”
Furthermore, he credits Morgan Wallen and Zach Bryan for their instrumental role in propelling country music to new heights, stating, “Morgan Wallen is almost single-handedly doing that. Him and Zach Bryan, to me, are doing it by themselves as far as I’m concerned.”
“They’ve brought the national spotlight to the rest of us. We’re all just trying to get a little piece of that sunshine they brought over here.”
Morgan Wallen: The Underappreciated Genius Revitalizing Country Music
Jelly Roll does not hold back his admiration for Morgan Wallen, emphasizing his exceptional vocal abilities and songwriting skills. According to Jelly Roll, Morgan’s talent extends beyond the recognition he receives from his streaming success; he believes that critically, Morgan is incredibly brilliant and often underappreciated.
Having personally witnessed Morgan at work, Jelly Roll attests to his uniqueness, describing him as a special individual within the industry.
Ultimately, regardless of personal opinions on Morgan Wallen, it is difficult to deny that he has successfully garnered new fans and revitalized interest in country music. His impact over the past few years is unparalleled, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.
For those interested, the Full Send Podcast provides an opportunity to delve deeper into Jelly Roll’s thoughts on the subject.