I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various bloggers who wished me to remark upon your having said at the 1993 Country Music Awards your Achy Breaky Heart video was designed to be similar to the one for Pretty Woman… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of ghostliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to have a mullet and wear cutoffs in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young hillbilly, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your novelty appeal than your obvious talent. I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you. The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think you should be hosting a reality show.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being the host of a reality show about rehab, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Atlantis, which they bought by selling your hair and you will find yourself very drunk. None of the acid washed denim wearing big haired honky tonk women oggling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the man mistook bad roots for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself. Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious wig by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our gas station attendant looking 90’s one hit wonders to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media. You are worth more than your achy breaky heart or your sexual appeal. The world of nashville doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your hockey hair.. which they could not do except for the fact your lack of vision makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an achy breaky heart you can’t recognise those who do not. I repeat, you have enough party in the back that you don’t need to let the music business make a halloween costume of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young gunslinger gets to know that, the sooner they can be REALLY in control. You also said in your behind the music special that your look is based on that of a hobo. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age.. which unfortunately many adult contemporary pseudo christian artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age. Real empowerment of yourself as a hairpiece would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for honky tonks to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question.. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting hammered. Its really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other washed up has beens. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your secret boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses tacos with. As for the shedding of the father of Hannah Montana image.. whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a celebredad. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of being a walk on on Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you creep her out. Whether we like it or not, us formerly interesting sock puppets in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other impending disasters. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Billy Ray.. its dangerous. Fashion victims are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers.. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any doodlehead who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.