Tom Petty is not a fan of contemporary country music, calling most of "generic," and comparing it to music from the "mid-80s."
"I don't really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up," he explains to Rolling Stone.
"I'm sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle 80s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos. I don't want to rail on about country because I don't really know much about it, but that's what it seems like to me."
"I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I'm sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they're just not getting the attention that the sh*ttier stuff gets. But that's the way it always is, isn't it?"
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