Wayne Perry, who wrote five #1 hit country songs, has pretty much abandoned
writing tunes for the genre and is looking toward pop, pointing to
country radio as the culprit.
"I blame radio because we [in Nashville] have given radio so much power,"
said Perry, whose hits include Lorrie Morgan's "What Part of No," Tim
McGraw's "Not a Moment Too Soon," and Collin Raye's "Every Second."
Fact is, given the numbers a hit pop album sells, Perry says he can
make more money with his album cuts for pop stars such as the Backstreet
Boys, whose hits include "I Want It That Way" (RealAudio
excerpt), than he can on a country hit which gets massive
radio play but may not sell huge numbers of singles or albums.
"I know how to write a traditional country song," Perry said. "I've
written traditional country song hits, and I love traditional country
music and the feeling I get when I hear it. I do not get any kind of
a feeling off the music that I'm hearing on country radio right now.
All it is, is just fillers between advertisements. I don't even listen
to it and I'm a country writer. I don't even listen to country
Radio people counter that if Nashville's record labels gave them better
songs, they'd play them. Perry disagrees: "They've made the parameters
[at radio] so small about what they'll play. So, as a writer, I've had
to write the same song over and over and over again. It's killed my
creativity. All this 'positive! positive! positive!' crap that we hear
on country radio the last three or four years life ain't totally
Therefore, says Perry, he's decided to follow that reasoning to its
logical conclusion. "I was tired of writing watered-down country music
watered-down pop music is what it is which is what they're
calling 'Modern Country,' " he said. "So I said, 'If I'm going to write
watered-down pop music, then I'm going to go ahead and write pop music
and just get it over with.' That way, I can go where the big money's