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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You can read about their organization, the Music Row Democrats," here.
Personally, I don't recognize anybody, but admitedly, I'm no Country Music fan.
The great majority of country Western performers love America, however most Democrats think that America is a greater threat to “world peas” than Osama and his minions in alqaeda.
And in other news, the Democrats are going to have a tour of black churches to show that all hymns and gospel music doesn’t belong to the religious right either. < / sarcasm >
They are just trying to pull more wool over our eyes. They are to smart to like country or at least think they are.
Most criminals and convicted felons are supporting hitlary and the 'RATs so I could see Merle tossing bouquets to the billing records butch.
Mrs. Clinton is no doubt waiting until Oct to give her heart to Jesus at the Potter's House, vowing to lead her husband to the Lord.
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.”
I’m a country music fan and don’t recognize most of these also.
I think the group is trying, without much help, to be recognized again. Sad to sell your soul to the devil just to sell a recor
They’ll have to re-work the Martina McBride anthem:
Let Freedom shrink
We’ll tell you what to think
Let the whole world know that today America’s turning pink
She’ll take from the rich
If we elect that bitch
Roll our rights away
Do what liberals say
It’s “In-the-left-wing Day”
Are they going to advise others of their ilk to get the necessary shots, first? You know...like when attending a NASCAR event?
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the DEMs try to “charm” NASCAR fans.......I hope this is as much fun!
I dont recognize all that many and I am a Country Music Fan
-and let’s not forget what country fans thought of the Dixie Chicks.......wonder how the FANS will react to this?
“Democrats to reclaim country music”
Good, the ‘Dixie Chics’ can get a new career boost!
With Charlie Daniels on our side, we have no fear!
Libs dominate the music business, so this should be surprise. Check out the 40th anniversary edition of Rolling Stone, which promotes one lib after another about anything but music. Gore, Clinton, Dixie Chicks and on and on.
And of course, the obtuse Bruce Springsteen, who wacky politics infect his talent worse than most. I happen to like a lot of his music, but the message is always the same:
Class warfare you can tap you foot to.
Like two dogs fighting over a worn out tennis shoe.
Who cares who wins?
Country is not as bad as rap or hop-hip, but more than that I am not willing to say.
That picture implies that those are the artists involved... until I looked closer and recognized a lot of dead people.
(Apologies to anyone offended by me calling Elvis dead.)
I'll see you, and raise you one...Bring me Condi Rice for President.
“Class warfare you can tap you foot to.”
Yes, all that working class hero stuff, and the boss lives in one of the biggest mansions in New Jersey.
Well, I’m a Country music fan and I’ve never heard of any of these Turkeys either.
GOOD one!!! LOL
The only name I recognize here is Nanci Griffith, and she’s more of a folk singer than country singer.
Dems/Libs are always trying to reclaim what they never owned. First they tried to reclaim religion, now it is country music...their ideas dont work, so they just glom onto whatever they can hoping that some of the positives of those reclaimed ideas stick to them
What are they going to sing about? Every One Should Hate America? Damn with the family? my dog was republican so I shot him? Who need troops when we have the UN? Tax us to the Maxus? It’s Good to be Gay? My Mother the Lesbian and poud of it? Islam is just another name for love? Yeah, that will go over well with Country music lovers.
You all have to see this song, it’s perfect!
To me, this partly reflects the disconnect between Nashville “country” (a/k/a overproduced pop music with guitars) and real country music, which by and large you do not hear on the radio. Next year, when the war is nearly won and more of our troops are on the way home, I believe an overt “anti-war” stance is not going to win over too many fans or sell many records.
Could be better headlined, “Sinners, Thieves, Liars and Traitors Seek New Identity!”
I was looking at campaign donation records recently. Some of the biggest country performers of recent times, like George Strait, Reba McIntire and Dwight Yoakam, have given exclusively to Republican candidates.
I can tell you some big-name artists who seem to lean left in country music:
Rodney Crowell (Johnny Cash’s former son-in-law)
Faith Hill (McGraw’s wife)
Garth Brooks (Trisha’s husband)
Not all of them are screaming leftists. I don’t think Garth shoves it down your throat. McGraw can be pretty left wing, though. I quit buying his music when I heard him blaming Bush for Katrina.
Right wing or left wing, country still sucks
As did I.
Many threads about Democrats working to get votes from different groups. Meanwhile Republicans still staying only in the south. Why?????
Its one or two ‘name performers’ and thats it. The rest are hoping for that ‘big break’....which is kinda funny when you consider they are on the same glide path as the Ditzy Chicks have been on since 2003.
As for Tim McGraw, I can’t think of anything that would be a quicker career killer than for him to fall into this trap with CW listeners, especially when things are going much better in Iraq these days. Given his wife has yet to recover from her glaring meltdown at last years CMA’s when she lost in a catagory....well, arrogance will kill you with this particular fan base quicker than any other you can name.
What a title for an article. What a farce!
Oh please. There is more talent in country music then all the crap put together that is out there today.
Most of the artist are no names except for The Mavericks who are basically washed up anyway.
By reclaiming country, as if it ever owned country, the Dems must mean turn it into anti American hippie music.
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!)