Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints – Born From Southern Ground

It’s impossible to write more or less anything about Caleb Johnson without at least mentioning American Idol once. Personally, I’m not a fan of all the Idol competitions at all. Why? Well, firstly, I think it’s the wrong way to go as it’s a shortcut to fame. Sure, you get to perform in front of big crowds and you get a whole lot of exposure for sure. But what you don’t get is experience. You get experience from rehearsing with your band, playing clubs, cutting demos – that’s how you learn your craft and find your identity as a musician, not by performing covers chosen by a TV show. You also end up a puppet for Idol even if you win. Especially if you win. They tell you what songs to play, they force you sing stuff you dislike, they style you to look they way they want – and when you’ve won, you have to record an album with songs written and chosen by Idol. All in all, they don’t want someone original or longevity – they want someone mainstream that can make them a fast buck.

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