The good thing about being in radio for a long time (and a perk of the job for sure) is that I get to meet a lot of very talented people. Country artists are the best, there’s no doubt about that, for making themselves accessible to us radio people and to you, their fans. Many artists start out really grounded but by the time they reach superstar status (either truly or imagined) they often don’t have time for the people that played their music from the beginning or for the people that bought their albums in the beginning.
Back in his hay day, Garth Brooks was an artist that loved to roll out the red carpet for people. Up until these past couple of days, I held him up as the gold standard of artists who truly went out of their way for fans and radio. I know you have seen, read and listened to the amazing way Taylor Swift chose to introduce us to her new album, Red. She gets more gracious as her star rises. There must have been 300 people at this event in Nashville, and she hugged each of us warmly ,”asked” us for pictures, had a few moments for a personal chat and gave each station a five minute interview. According to her people this whole thing was Taylor’s idea. She wanted to thank radio people for playing her songs. And honestly, she really didn’t have to do this for album sales, her management says this was her idea to, as best she could, thank the ones that helped bring her to the dance. Superstar. Class Act. Gracious. Thankful. Talented. Taylor Swift.