Gary Allan Explains Comments Made to Larry King About Today's Country Music

Gary Allan's comments about some of his contemporaries was mixed into the Zac Brown comments about Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night" and was edited for the juciest comments without taking his whole conversation on the matter into context. See his response to the controversy here.

He began by reiterating his love for the genre he calls home, saying, "For the record, I always have and always will love country music. While our genre has evolved, I stand behind what I said in the interview, 'To me country is still about Mondaythrough Friday, and pop is about what happens on the weekends. But it’s definitely changed.'"

He goes on to add, "It’s true. Country music has changed. During the interview I made it a point to say that my own music has changed over the years. I used to make very different music 10 – 15 years ago. As I also mentioned during the interview, I’m a country artist whose music leans towards rock, although I tend to love the more traditional sounding country of Haggard, Jones and Buck Owens."

Allan says that King "nailed it" when he referred to the Country radio format as "an amalgam," which he explains as "meaning a mixture or blend." He says, "Country music is a blend these days. Our genre has enough room in it for me, a country artist whose country leans towards rock and for more pop sounding country artists, as well as more traditional sounding country artists. None of us are the same, but we all make country radio our home."

Allan concluded by encouraging fans to view the full interview, which aired Tuesday night on King's Ora TV program Larry King Now. "I know you are busy and that time is hard to come by," he says. "I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it for yourself. That way you can hear actually what I said, rather than read someone else’s commentary or take on what I said."

Click here to see Allan's original Facebook post. What are your thoughts on his comments about modern country music?