Nashville Bash: 8 Celebrities Who've Openly Criticized Country Music

The biggest disses of the genre, from Tom Petty's disappointment to Howard Stern's F-bomb fest

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Jim James

In 1999, My Morning Jacket, a four-piece band from Louisville, Kentucky, was widely praised for their alt-country-leaning debut LP, The Tennessee Fire. But the group's leader, Jim James, doesn't mince words when it comes to his take on today's country music. "I feel like modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race," he tells Rolling Stone. "They're deliberately making people take glory in being uneducated and racist, and it's just sad. I think it's absolute mind control." James, whose band has had just one single, "Holdin' on to Black Metal," in the lower reaches of the Top 40 on the Alternative chart, doesn't have much affection for pop radio either, calling it "such a waste of time."