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Maren Morris Addresses Stepping Back From Country, Chart-Topping Country Songs Like 'Try That in a Small Town,' Taylor Swift & More

Maren Morris confirmed that she’s taking a step back from country music during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

With the unveiling of her new EP The Bridge, the 33-year-old hitmaker strongly implied that she was taking a break from the genre after calling out what she described as “rot” within it.

She made her feelings more clear during her conversation with the outlet.

“If you truly love this type of music and you start to see problems arise, it needs to be criticized. Anything this popular should be scrutinized if we want to see progress,” she said, adding that she’d “kind of said everything I can say.”

Saying that the genre was “burning itself down without my help,” Maren made it clear that she was distancing herself, saying, “I always thought I’d have to do middle fingers in the air jumping out of an airplane, but I’m trying to mature here and realize I can just walk away from the parts of this that no longer make me happy.”

Elsewhere, Maren touched on pressure to perform in the genre as a woman. She also unpacked some of the genre’s latest hits, including Jason Aldean‘s controversial chart-topper “Try That in a Small Town.”

The musician also opened up about how Taylor Swift has inspired her and why she feels it’s important to be so outspoken about her beliefs and support of minorities such as the LGBTQ+ community.

Scroll through the slideshows to see the biggest takeaways from Maren Morris’ interview…

Maren Morris Seemingly Addresses 'Rot' in Country Music With New Songs 'The Tree' & 'Get the Hell Out of Here'

Maren Morris seemingly takes aim at the state of country music with the release of her new songs “The Tree” and “Get the Hell Out of Here.”

The 33-year-old “The Bones” musician unveiled the dual singles and their accompanying music videos on Friday (September 15). Together they comprise an EP titled The Bridge, which Maren described as “a bridge to my next album” on Instagram.

“As I’ve been working on my record nonstop this year, I realized these two songs deserved a moment of their own – a story in their own right, written a day apart from each other.”

She continued, saying that she has come to “welcome, celebrate and grieve the changes that have happened these last few years,” adding, “These two songs say it better than I ever could in a caption or interview.”

Lyrically, the songs appear to address Maren‘s conflicted thoughts on country music and its conservative bias. The accompanying visuals present a similar thought process, and some believe that they take aim at fellow country star Jason Aldean and his controversial song “Small Town.”

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Maren Morris Appears to Take Aim at Jason Aldean's Controversial 'Small Town' Song While Teasing New Music Video

Maren Morris appears to be shading Jason Aldean.

For the past few months, Jason, 46, has faced tons of backlash after releasing his new song “Try That in a Small Town.”

Many said that it was “pro-lynching song” and he’s received backlash for using new coverage of Black Lives Matter protesters in the music video. A portion of the video was filmed in front of a Tennessee courthouse where a Black teen was lynched in the 1920s.

While teasing her upcoming music video, Maren, 33, seemingly took a dig at Jason and his song.

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Taylor Swift Brings Out Maren Morris for 'You All Over Me' Duet During 'Eras Tour' Stop in Chicago

Maren Morris is joining Taylor Swift up on stage!

On Saturday night (June 3), the 33-year-old “Anti-Hero” singer brought out the country music singer, also 33, for a surprise duet during the latest stop on her Eras Tour at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

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Maren Morris, Idina Menzel, Joel Kim Booster & More Shine at GLAAD Media Awards

So many stars walked the red carpet outside the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton on Saturday (May 13) in New York City.

Broadway star Idina Menzel dazzled in a red sheer gown and was joined by husband Aaron Lohr. Country singer Maren Morris also used the event as a date night, bringing husband Ryan Hurd with her.

Fire Island star Joel Kim Booster was joined by castmate and Saturday Night Live favorite Bowen Yang. They had a lot to celebrate, being awarded Outstanding Film – Streaming/TV during the ceremony, which was hosted by Ketel One Vodka.

And that’s still barely scratching the surface of the guest list.

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Maren Morris Has Epic Response to Tucker Carlson's Fox News Exit

Maren Morris is reacting to Tucker Carlson‘s sudden exit from Fox News.

On Monday (April 24), the network announced that they were no longer working with the 53-year-old controversial political commentator in a decision made effective immediately.

Following the announcement, the 33-year-old country music singer took to social media to celebrate Tucker‘s exit.

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Stars Who Got Rejected by 'American Idol' - See Which Superstar Musicians Failed to Get Past the Auditions!

American Idol has provided us with a ton of talent, from Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood to Jennifer Hudson – but that doesn’t mean they always get it right.

Along the way, music superstars from all different genres have spoken out to confirm that their American Idol dreams were dashed with a rejection from producers at some point in the audition process. And some of the names are pretty surprising!

It just goes to show: a rejection might feel devastating at the time, but it may just lead you to an even bigger opportunity around the corner.

Find out which huge music stars were turned down by American Idol…