Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Activism In Country Music

John Rich, the country singer was a big supporter of John McCain in last year's presidential campaign. This year he wrote a topical song, "Shuttin’ Detroit Down" (he has is posted on his myspace page) and rushed to include it in his recent offering, "Son Of A Preacher Man." The NY Times points out that country music is an unlikely genre for activism. I would tend to disagree. Having worked with Steve Earle and other alternative country musicians such as Rosanne Cash (listen to "Rosie Strikes Back"), they consistently wrote about the ills of society and made people aware of these circumstances.

John Rich writes

I see all these big shots whining on my evening news
About how they’re losing billions and it’s up to me and you
To come running to
The rescue

I think a good chuck of this country can relate to these lyrics, whether you're a country music fan or not.

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