October 15, 2008
Country Universe has featured two country acts in the past couple of days who have taken vastly different approaches to their careers – Kenny Chesney and the Dixie Chicks. Kenny Chesney, it can be argued, has approached his career with a view towards quantity – the quantity of singles put out to radio and the quantity of stadium seats filled. Furthermore, Chesney’s music – primarily bland and happy – is also geared towards appealing to the maximum number of people possible. As a result, Chesney has achieved nearly unparalleled airplay and phenomenal ticket sales; however, the quality of his music has rarely matched his popularity.
The Dixie Chicks, on the other hand, have only put out two albums (compared to Chesney’s five) in this decade, and are known to disappear from the limelight for long periods of time in between albums to spend time with family and wait to be re-inspired. They have stated that they’d rather take their time with the music and put out the best product possible, even if the time away hurts their sales. As a result of this approach, the Dixie Chicks have 13 Grammys lining their shelves, but they may have lost or frustrated some fans in the process.
We, as fans, have little say in all this, but, if given the choice, which would you prefer? Would you prefer your favorite artists to approach their careers in terms of quantity or quality?