Renowned Country Artist Maren Morris Announces Departure from the Genre Amidst Its Involvement in the US Culture Wars

On September 15th, the 33-year-old singer Maren Morris made a significant announcement, declaring her departure from the country music scene due to its role in exacerbating the cultural divide in the United States.

In a powerful musical statement, Morris released two songs titled “The Tree” and “Get the Hell Out of Here.” The lyrics of these songs address her growing disconnect from the genre, with lines like, “I hung around longer than anyone should / You’ve broken my heart more than anyone could,” featured in “The Tree.”

In a statement accompanying the release, Morris explained, “These two songs are incredibly significant in my journey because they reflect a period of righteous anger and liberation over the past couple of years. They also signal my navigation toward an uncertain future, whatever that may entail in terms of sound and style. While I deeply respect my roots and accomplishments in country music, I am also unreservedly embracing progress and evolution.”

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Morris candidly expressed her thoughts on country music’s transformation, saying, “I thought I’d like to burn it to the ground and start over, but it’s burning itself down without my help.” She pointed to the post-Trump era as a pivotal moment for the genre, where biases were laid bare. She noted, “It just revealed who people really were and that they were proud to be misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and transphobic. All these things were being celebrated, and it was weirdly coinciding with this hyper-masculine branch of country music. I call it ‘butt rock.'”

Maren Morris has been embroiled in a feud with fellow country artist Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr Aldean since they made transphobic comments in August of the previous year. In a country music landscape where advocacy for LGBT+ rights is rare, Morris has been a notable advocate. Jason Aldean faced severe criticism for the music video of his recent single, “Try That in a Small Town,” which featured alarming news footage and was shot outside the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee—a site associated with racial violence and tensions in history. Morris commented on the song’s chart success, saying, “People are streaming these songs out of spite. It’s not out of genuine joy or love for the music. It’s to score points in political battles. And that’s not what music should be about. Music is meant to be a voice for the marginalized—the genuinely oppressed. Now, it’s being weaponized in toxic culture wars.”

Morris is now planning to release her music under Columbia Records, the label’s more generalist division, instead of Columbia Nashville, signifying a significant shift in her musical journey.