threearruda wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:11 pm
me, quite literally the other day wrote:Country crossover star Morgan Wallen (from Tennessee, mullet guy) is also a name to know if you don’t already - latest album is called Dangerous; "7 summers" and "More Than My Hometown" are his latest singles.
...Guess I spoke too soon.
Even before this incident, I remained absolutely stunned that his Wikipedia article does not have a picture of him, nor can anyone find an uncopyrighted/freely licensed one suitable for use. I was able to easily find several pictures of far more obscure country singers (some of which I took myself), but none of mullet-boy. Did he have a photography ban at his concerts or something?
I never liked his music and never got his appeal, I am infuriated with people defending him, saying things like "It's just a word", or stubbornly sticking to his music and revenge-buying it. Every time I hear another artist brought up in conversation, it seems like there's always someone who tries to turn the conversation back to him and their love of him.
I don't want him to set a precedent. I have e-mailed over 50 radio stations, politely asking them to use his absence as an opportunity to introduce more BIPOC artists to their roster. (Did you know that the highest charting country song by a solo black woman was released in 1969?)
From this incident has come a discussion that I have been actively involved with on Twitter regarding the treatment of race in country music, particularly of black women. I have interacted with Mickey Guyton (currently the only black woman on a major country label), Rissi Palmer (independent country artist who hosts a show on Apple Radio), and many other singers. I was part of a successful movement to boost sales of Guyton's EP on iTunes when another singer gifted me a copy.
Rissi assembled a great Spotify playlist that has a lot of songs (some of which are already on my personal playlist):
A fellow reviewer found this song, "I Will Follow" by a very talented vocal group called Chapel Hart. I was able to put together a WIkipedia article on them, and even convinced both of my local country music stations (WKJC and WATZ) to add them. Chapel Hart was extremely grateful to me for both of these:
I haven't found a link to it yet, but Maren Morris and Luke Combs held a seminar about racial issues in country music. Among other things, Luke regretted appearing in earlier music videos where the Confederate flag was flown.
As an aside, Wallen's video came the same day that T.J. Osborne, lead singer of Brothers Osborne, came out as gay. This made him the first openly gay act signed to a major label (previous country artists who had come out, including Ty Herndon, Chely Wright, Shane McAnally, and Billy Gilman, did not do so until after they had left major labels). As both a big fan of Brothers Osborne and an openly pansexual country music fan (Oh, you didn't know I'm pansexual? Well, I guess you do now), I am extremely supportive of them and any other LGBT+ country artists.
If you can think of any way to spread the word on any of these artists, I would be highly grateful.