Dolly Parton & Garth Brooks Have Wildly Different Takes On AI

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AI is one of the hottest topics in the world right now. Actors are fighting against studios using their likenesses in future projects. AI-generated images are making internet users question their own eyes. Those in the music industry are worried that AI songwriting might replace true musicians. Dolly Parton & Garth Brooks have wildly different opinions on the future of AI. Keep reading for all the details.

Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks/Credit: ACM YouTube
Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks/Credit: ACM YouTube

Darius Rucker On AI

With AI taking over industries, many country artists are asked to share their opinions on AI. Country singer Darius Rucker was asked during a chat with 92.5 XTU to share his thoughts on the matter.

The Hootie & the Blowfish singer joked, “I’m gonna wake up one day and have a robot standing over me.” But he went on to call AI “scary.”

However, he also realizes that technology will advance whether we want it to or not. Rucker predicted, “I think people are gonna use it and everything for songwriting.”

But don’t expect him to partner with Chat GPT to create a new song. ” I’m gonna keep doing things the way I do it and writing songs the way I write songs and let the chips fall where they may,” he said about the future of AI.

Garth Brooks’ Thoughts On AI

Garth Brooks told the same station that AI “scares me to death.” In his opinion, “We need to be able to regulate it before we unleash it.” While he’s not so keen on the idea of using AI to write songs, he sees the upside to one AI-generated advancement.

“I think what’s coming, the hopeful in me… I’m not sure what the ‘hopeful’ is unless AI can create Garth Brooks at a certain age that he could tour and hologram forever, kind of thing.” – Garth Brooks, 92.5 XTU.

He also shared his own experience with AI. “They had liners they wanted me to do, so they went through AI to do it, and they showed it to me, and I’m going, ‘That’s me, I don’t remember doing these liners, but that’s me,’” he told the station. Brooks said the AI even recreated his laugh.

Even though he thinks AI is “scary,” would he record a song written by AI? He’s not against the idea. “You don’t care who the writer is as long as it’s not somebody that tried to destroy the world.”

Dolly Parton’s Differing Opinion On AI

Unlike Brooks and Rucker, Dolly Parton isn’t a fan of AI at all. During her recent UK press tour, she spoke to The Independent about the possibility of a Dolly hologram. She shut the idea down, “I have to decide how much of that high-tech stuff I want to be involved [with] because I don’t want to leave my soul here on this earth.”

The iconic singer noted that she’s “left a great body of work behind.” She even has a secret song hidden away for future release after she’s gone.

What do you think about the future of AI in songwriting? Do you agree with Dolly Parton or Garth Brooks on the topic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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