When Don Henley had concerns about Bruce Springsteen’s songwriting abilities, he came across a series of lyrics by the Boss that convinced the Eagles drummer that Springsteen was the real deal, and he soon began purchasing the rocker’s CDs. After all, Bruce not only impressed Don but also became one of the most recognized names of his generation, and given that he still fills huge arenas and performs at sold-out gigs, it’s safe to say that the rocker has aged well, and our’modern’ times appear to like him as well. So it seemed only appropriate for one country icon to refer to Springsteen as a “national treasure” while they were discussing how good a composer he was and making some complimentary and wholesome remarks about the rocker’s long career.
Tim McGraw, an all-time country superstar, complimented Bruce to practically no end while speaking with Nashville.com in 2014, remarking on how much of a ‘lovely guy’ the rocker was while remarking on his value as a songwriter, even arguing why the Boss was a once-in-a-generation talent. Tim stated, ” “He’s a really nice guy.” He’s one of the coolest individuals I’ve ever met, and I’m honored to call him a friend. He’s a musical American treasure. I believe he is one of those musical legends that, when you look back over history, there are only a few of them. He’s absolutely one of those guys who has inspired a lot of people; musically, he’s inspired a lot of people; lyrically, he’s inspired a lot of people; and as a person, he’s simply a solid guy.” Overall, Springsteen has fared well in terms of staying relevant in the current day, as he did not fade from the spotlight like most of his ‘once celebrated’ peers did. McGraw was well aware of this when he lauded the musician, describing him as a ‘American treasure’ with once-in-a-generation talent.