Those three are probably three of the most talented artists in Nashville today. And they are artists. Many would politely say, “well they’re certainly not very commercial.” I don’t know what that means but in Nashville it’s shorthand for, “They don’t play Nashvilles game.”
They don’t but it hasn’t hurt their careers.
Willie, years ago, became so disenchanted with Music City that he left, moved to Austin in his home state of Texas, grew his hair long, rolled some weed and wrote more of some of the greatest country songs…ever.
Jamey, who I consider a friend because as he growls whenever he’s in town..”you’re the only radio guy I ever talk to”, has had only two albums released and both are masterpieces. He’s only had one radio hit, yet sells thousands of his releases and packs concert halls. And he’s a musical genius.
Zac – the most visible of all three – for eleven years before he “hit it” in Nashville had to cook barbeques to get folks to come to his shows. Now he can’t keep us away but he did tell me, “when this all goes away, I’ll go right back to what I doing eleven years ago.”
So that set for me yesterday was not only historical and thoughtful but very, dare I say marketable!