Collin Raye Thinks Today's Country Music Is...

Collin Raye says he is disappointed with the direction country music is currently heading.

The 53-year-old singer tells FOX News: “I’m really depressed at how it has dumbed down to basically just a one dimensional ‘lets party in the truck, gonna drink some cold beer."

Raye acknowledges that he misses the way country music used to be.

“I grew up at a time when Merle Haggard was writing stuff like ‘Mama’s Hungry Eyes’ and ‘Sing Me Back Home’ and [Kris] Kristofferson was writing ’Sunday Morning Coming Down’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee'. It was poetry. Country music has never been about chord progression or the complexity of the music. It’s always been about lyrics and stories and real slices of life.”

Raye does NOT blame the artists currently making music. He says the fault lies with those who never even stand behind a microphone.

He says, “I’m not begrudging anybody their living. They’re just trying to make a living. It’s the ‘gatekeepers’ that we used to have in Nashville, which are the label heads who used to decide what was good enough to put out and what was not. And now they have just totally given in to that.”

“I’m passionate about it because I love our genre. I got into country music not to make a buck. I did it because I love it.”