Let’s not make a huge deal out of this, AJ is just being honest…
In an interview with GQ where the interviewer was clearly trying to get the legend to call out the new class of country, Alan Jackson said that he loves Chris Stapleton, even had him come on his tour before he got big. BUT AJ says “…what he’s making now really isn’t real country”
That’s the clickbait line the reporter was looking for right there! But, the full quote is actually very complimentary:
“I’m a big fan of his. He was a bluegrass singer and has written bluegrass stuff. But what he’s making now really isn’t real country: It’s more like bluesy, Southern rock kinda stuff. I love it, it’s great, but he’s the closest thing to country out there.”
AJ has a point.
the full interview is a really good read, you can CHECK IT OUT HERE.