While it’s been commonplace for Hollywood celebs and musical talents to join forces with liberal causes and Democratic politicians, it’s big news when stars link up with conservatives — and some big-name country music entertainers are doing just that.
Performers like Brantley Gilbert, Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and RaeLynn have all signed on to perform at a conservative conference hosted by Turning Point USA called “AmericaFest.” Right-wing politicos like Donald Trump Jr., The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens, and Fox News host Tucker Carlson are all slotted to give speeches at the event.
“Brantley Gilbert and Dustin Lynch are among the performers at the upcoming conservative conference AmericaFest, slated for Dec. 18-21 in Phoenix,” Billboard reported Friday. “The conference is one of several annual summits hosted by the conservative nonprofit organization Turning Point USA.”
“Other country performers on the lineup include ‘Home Sweet’ singer Russell Dickerson, RaeLynn, Adam Doleac, ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ singer Lee Greenwood, and Dee Jay Silver,” the report added. “Lynch’s song ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ with Mackenzie Porter is in its second week atop Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart.”
The singers aren’t the only ones on the country music scene to connect themselves with the Right. This year, county star Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Aldean have been open about their support for the U.S. Military and voiced criticism aimed at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, both Democrats.
This summer, for example, Brittany discussed her decision to be open about her conservative political views, emphasizing that she gets more support than people realize, and, frankly, doesn’t “give a d***” about the criticism.
Brittany, friends with Candace Owens, has also promoted clothing that reads “Anti Biden Social Club” on her Instagram.
Singer RaeLynn released a pro-life song this year called “She Chose Me,” and preformed it on “Candace,” a weekly show produced by The Daily Wire.
Taste of Country noted that the song outlines “’a Bible Belt-lovin’ believer’ who gets pregnant after an extramarital affair with a man on Galveston Bay and, the lyrics imply, considers getting an abortion,” but in the end chooses her daughter.
RaeLynn also praises the joy of motherhood in the album. “‘Made for Me to Love,’ a love letter to her infant daughter Daisy, in January, when she was only eight weeks pregnant,” Taste of Country said. “She says she arrived at the writing session feeling ‘super emotional’ and, despite the axiom about waiting to share pregnancy news until after the first trimester, she told her co-writers that she was pregnant before sitting down to write the song.”
In October, award-winning country music artist Travis Tritt announced that he’d be canceling a number of shows due to venues requiring fans to either show proof of COVID vaccination, submit a negative COVID test, or mandating masks.
“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” Tritt said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately.”
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