• Dale Watson (second from left) with his Lonestars

Back in December a cable channel called Great American Country aired a documentary on current Nashville darling and king-size jamoke Blake Sheltonone of those eloquent supporters of armed guards in American schools—which belatedly generated some controversy when the website Saving Country Music highlighted one of the beefcake singer’s more insulting comments in the program. “If I am ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on,” Shelton said. “Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music, and I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country.’ Well, that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music that you were buying.”