Skip to comments.Democrats to reclaim country music
Posted on 11/20/2007 6:33:56 AM PST by Zakeet
Democrats angered at the image of country and western as Right-wing redneck music are planning a tour of Middle America during the 2008 election campaign by Nashville artists opposed to the Iraq war.
An alliance called the Music Row Democrats is poised to re-launch itself early next year in an attempt to seize back country music from the Republican camp and spread their message that President George W. Bushs party does not care about ordinary people.
Slowly but surely, more country singers are performing songs critical of the Bush administration. Merle Haggard, who once sang the anti-hippie anthem Okie from Muskogee for President Richard Nixon at the White House has even penned a tribute to Hillary Clinton.
In his Hillary", dedicated to the Democratic front runner, Haggard sings: This country needs to be honest/ Changes need to be large/ Something like a big switch of gender/ Let's put a woman in charge."
Pro-war songs like Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" and American Solider, and Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten (About Bin Laden)?" still dominate country music stations.
But some country stars such as Tim McGraw who has said he may run for Tennessee governor have come out as Democrats.
Republican Blues, by the bluegrass artist Tim OBrien, dealt with issues ranging from domestic spying by the US government to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Music Row Democrats was first formed in 2004, after the Dixie Chicks were boycotted and banned from country radio stations when their lead singer Natalie Maines said just before the Iraq invasion that she was ashamed Mr Bush was from her native Texas.
It now boasts more than 1,300 members in Nashville, the home of country music.
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At least three of the folks pictured are dead, of course that doesn’t mean they can’t vote for democRATs
Seems they wanna be just plain ol' folks like the rest of us.
words: “Yeehaw! Heehaw!” (repeat endlessly)
Also must have forgotten that it was a Republican that gave him a full pardon of all his past crimes. Can Merle say thank you Ronald Reagan?
I guess if one leans to RAP music you just might think country sucks.
Rap music doesn’t appeal to most country music lovers.
I never bought his crap because he cannot sing nor can his shrill wife.
After Garth’s first album he went down the suck trail too all screaming and no music, but hey the kids like it ( from Pure Country - a great stab at Garth and all the crock ( country-rock ) losers ).
I have a book about this, Rednecks and Bluenecks
Picture liberals singing along with these songs:
Cause I’m for the Bible and I’m for the flag
And I’m for the workin’ man, me and ol’ Hag
I’m for the people who can’t get no respect
(The Bible? Oh no! How about we sing “Imagine no
countries/...And no religion too” instead...?)
This ain’t no rag, it’s a flag
(It’s a flag of terrorism and repression and injustice!)
Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass it’s the American way
...And the statue of liberty started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly and there’s gonna be hell
When you hear mother freedom ringin’ her bell
And it’ll feel like the whole world is coming down on you
(But war is wrong! Give peace a chance!)
I don’t think a good song has any damned politics to it. I don’t mean these disposable “flavor of the month” chart songs. Real songs which continue to evoke the heart, stir the soul or awaken the mind of the listener. And, as for distinctions between “country”, “rock” or “pop” or whatever - mostly the difference is whether the guitar player used a Telecaster or a Les Paul - or maybe a pedal-steel rather than a string section. People should realize that radio is not in the music business. Radio is in the business of selling commercials to car dealers.
“I want to know why politicians lie”
“I’m going to say this once again. I want you to listen
to me. I did not have sexual relations with that woman...”
Sad to see.
Message to liberal CW stars — I can ignore you too.
Countryfied comedian Jeff Foxworthy tells it like it is
He says country music isn’t about politics (some would not agree) but it is about the brave soldiers...
“Country music doesn’t have to be politically correct.
We sing about God because we believe in him...We get up and go to work, we get up and go to church, and we get up and go to war when necessary”
Country Music performers sing about:
Exactly where does the Democratic Party fit in there???
I enjoy both genres very much.