COUN­TRY FAIR?

THE CMAS OF­FERED A VIVID DEMON­STRA­TION OF NASHVILLE’S GEN­DER PROB­LEM

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - MUSIC - By Mikael Wood

You know a prob­lem has got­ten bad when Car­rie Un­der­wood is will­ing to joke about it. The Jay Leno of coun­try stars, Un­der­wood gen­er­ally steers clear of any­thing ap­proach­ing con­tro­versy, which is why her lat­est al­bum con­tains a song about gun vi­o­lence that por­trays that scourge as an act of God rather than a man-made calamity.

Yet there was Un­der­wood, barely 10 min­utes into her gig host­ing the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards (CMAS), hap­pily (if gen­tly) skew­er­ing what’s de­vel­oped into Nashville, USA’S most vex­ing predica­ment: its era­sure of women.

“I just want to say that 2018 has been a big year for men in coun­try mu­sic,” the singer’s co-host, Brad Pais­ley, said in their open­ing mono­logue to­gether, to which Un­der­wood re­sponded with a know­ing grin: “Yeah, fi­nally!”

Her mean­ing was clear over the next three

Brad Pais­ley and Car­rie Un­der­wood.

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