Yes, Laura, there is a lot of schlock out there, but in all honesty there always was. In his day Bix called the stuff "corny," and it's still not a bad description for some of the "chick" pop or some (I said some) of the formulaic "lonely dude" love-sick country guy songs out there. But then have you ever heard Bee Palmer's recorded rendering of "Singin' the Blues?" Ewww! On the other hand, listen to Geoff Muldaur's contemporary version on "Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke." There's some great musicianship on that CD (including that of Randy Sandke, whose book we've discussed recently and who spoke at the Davenport Bix Festival this year.)
It's true. It's a hard business to make a living in, despite the fact that there are still lots and lots of fine musicians trying to. And the fact that all the good stuff from the past is still out there in competition for ear time doesn't make it easier. So it goes.
At least his vocals weren't digitally enhanced. If you're following our discussion, have a good day, Pat Boone!