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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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Tom Petty caught heat for his strong words against country music.

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When it comes to music, the popular kids are picked on most. According to research by the Country Music Association, 42 percent of American adults (more than 98 million people) are country music fans. And country is the Number One radio format among adults ages 18 to 54 — statistics that might make a lot of jaded rock stars jealous.

When My Morning Jacket's Jim James told Rolling Stone this week that he finds modern country music to be, in short, stupid and racist, he was joining the likes of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and Natalie Maines in publicly expressing distaste for the genre. We count down (and shake off) the harshest words ever barked at contemporary country music.


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