The Voice's hunkiest coach, Blake Shelton, has no problem saying what's on his mind – even when that means offending country music legends like Ray Price! Blake found himself in a world of pain after making a few inflammatory comments during GAC's Backstory: Blake Shelton, in which he dissed “old-timers” like Ray.
“Country music has to evolve in order to survive," Blake said. "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 you were buying.”
Turns out self-declared old fart Ray Price was all kinds of hurt by Blake's statement and shot back, "This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF 'OLD FART” & JACKASS') P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”
Oh dang, them's fighting words, Ray! Luckily, Blake apologized to Papa Bear in a Twitter statement: “Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price...I hate that I upset him. The truth is my statement was and STILL is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY the way Mr. Price did along hid [sic] journey as a main stream country artist...I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended."
The good news? Ray accepted Blake's apology. Thank the country lords, now we can all sleep at night.