Country Artist John Rich Talks Nashville ‘Wokeism’ and the Music Industry
Country singer-songwriter John Rich talks about the “wokeism” he perceives in Nashville and the music business in general.
In an interview with PRAGERU earlier this week, Rich derided the influx of creative parameters he says he and other artists have to endure to achieve their dreams.
“The wave of awakening that has hit this country and especially the entertainment industry, which has made its way to Nashville. So these artists are sitting there and being told by their publicist, their managers, the heads of their record labels, ‘Hey, we know you think these things about America, that you’re kind of against all of this woke up stuff we do” – they don’t call themselves “woke up”, of course.
“’But we know you’re not really for that. But hey, don’t even think about posting an article that goes against that. Don’t say X, Y, Z on your mic or on your stage. No, you can’t save this song because it says this. And they completely control these artists and the artist only has two choices at this point.
“Do they want to have a career? It was their dream. Are they playing along, moving forward and not stepping on these landmines? Or do they go out and hit the trip wires and light up the place? And lose their recording contract. And not to be invited to the awards ceremony and the radio will not broadcast them, etc. But basically erase their career.
“That’s what they’re up against. Is there freedom and art in Nashville, like total freedom? Absolutely not. Absolutely not. It’s sad.”
The comments match Rich’s July headlines.
On July 22, Rich took to former President Donald Trump’s social media network, Truth Social, to announce what is sure to be a controversial new song titled “Progress.”
In the song’s lyrics, Rich makes opinionated remarks on a variety of divisive topics, including, in his opinion:
- America’s replacement of religion by government.
- President Biden’s Build Back Better bill.
- Immigration and the death of American soldiers during the evacuation from Afghanistan.
- How virus response measures have encroached on freedom.
- And the shutdown of Main Street as Wall Street profited to historic highs.
And Rich’s reaction to all this “Progress”, as he calls it, is to take it all and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.
But one wonders when Rich talks about a lack of total freedom, what does he mean? In the interview clip above, he didn’t mention any details, or acknowledge the fact that many have had to endure restrictions and limitations in their careers in the past, from racism and sexism to a number of restrictions. smaller.
Nonetheless, Rich shares his opinion on whatever censorship he faces, exactly.