As we see country becoming more mainstream, it’s also starting to sound more mainstream. One of the things that we can associate with that sound is the use of auto tune. According to the Auto-Tune wikipedia page, the device has been around since 1997 and “it was originally intended to disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies, allowing vocal tracks to be perfectly tuned despite originally being slightly off-key”. In a genre where singing is just as important as the songwriting, there has been some backlashes against the songs that artists such as Tim McGraw and Jerrod Niemann have released using the pitch altering device.
Today, our friend Broadway posted an interview he conducted with Jerrod Niemann on Nashville Gab. In the interview, he congratulates Jerrod for having the first Top 5 auto tuned single…Jerrod gave us a little history on that, however.
You heard it there, King George Strait used auto tune all the way back in 2002! If you don’t believe ’em, here’s the song! Go to the 40 second mark and you can clearly hear the evidence.
What are your thoughts on the use of auto tune? Be sure to let us know!
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