Some people refer to it as part of the ‘new wave of country music.’ I don’t care what they call it, I will never be able to call it country music. Not even a little bit. I love Jason Aldean, but I don’t like “Dirt Road Anthem” or “1994”. I very much like the person Colt Ford, and actually enjoyed his shows. I have been to two of his live shows, and I would go again. But, even Colt Ford knows, I am not a fan of his music. I am a country music fan. That is where my interest lies, and that is what I love to listen to.
That said. I need to tell you about us to Jessta James. The first song I listened to of Jessta’s was called “If That Ain’t Country.” I hate to break this to you, Jessta – but that ain’t COUNTRY. Rap music is rap music. Country music is country music. That’s just the way it is. And, I have no idea who is trying to change that.
Jessta’s debut album will be released on May 21. It’s called “Time To Get Right.” And I’m sure, given the path country music is taking these days, that Jessta will find himself with a lot of devoted fans, and a lot of people buying his album. Even though I will not be one of them. He’s a good looking kid, with what seems to be a good singing voice, and the biggest problem I have with him is that he isn’t using that voice to sing.
“It Ain’t Country” is rap music from start to finish. I’m starting to think Cowboy Troy might have been a little ahead of his time. Isn’t this the kind of music he did? And, he did it long before Colt Ford did. The second Jessta song I listened to was called “Cowgirl Boots” – still far too much rap for me. But the parts where you do get to hear Jessta sing, you can tell the kid can sing. So my questions is – why doesn’t he? The rap is obviously some kind of gimmick, and perhaps it’s opening doors for him, but it has been done before. It’s no longer original, it’s definitely not new, and above all, it is not country music.
I went on to “Ride One” hoping that maybe I’d find some real music somewhere among Jessta’s repertoire’, I didn’t. Still rap music. And while I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t agree with me, I just can’t understand why rap music is finding a place on country radio.
I’m not sure who is singing with him on “Rock ‘n’ Roll Angel,” but he needs to keep her. What a great duet! All singing, no rapping, great vocals by both Jessta and his female duet partner. It was a good song, it was good story, and that is what I think Jessta James needs to be singing. It is the only one I would even want to listen to more than once.
You can listen to those songs, along with “Better Man” and “Back In the Day” by clicking here.
His bio tells us that his earliest influences were Willie, Waylon, Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash. Seriously? Then why are you putting out music that sounds more like your influences were MC Hammer, Eminem, or Snoop Dog.
I’m not sure how many people will agree with me. But, I really hate seeing whatever it is that is happening to the music industry. It’s almost as if someone, sitting high up in a tall building, looking down on everyone has this awesome plan to blend all music into one genre’. That may work for much of the general public, it isn’t going to work for me. If I wanted to listen to rap, I would listen to rap. But when I want to listen to country, I expect to hear country – I do not expect to hear rap. I’m a true fan of traditional country music, and I always will be. However, for those of you who enjoy music like this, meet Jessta James.
I’ll be back with more later! Hope you are all having a great Sunday!