The NRA’s Featured Country Stars
With Rosanne Cash’s recent claim that the NRA are funding domestic terrorism in the New York Times yesterday, I followed her link to the NRA Country website (here) to see which country artists were less tacit in their support of the National Rifle (rifle???) Association.
Country doesn’t own the glock market, rap is all about armed force, but rap doesn’t give us bullshit about the wild outdoors and hunting as heritage, rap wants to kill each other for drugs and money. NRA Country is a baffling load of nonsense, though everyone knows that guns are as American as Apple Pie and far more deadly. The names to note here are Florida Georgia Line, Montgomery Gentry (well, one of them), and Blackberry Smoke. If you follow country to any extent you’ll know quite a few… “Respect. Honor. Freedom” indeed.
The “featured artist” campaign sponsored by the NRA is something like this for Chase Rice, whose streams are in the tens of millions on Spotify, and who has opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney. His “Gonna Wanna Tonight” from 2014 (a very ordinary border bro song of seduction) has 44M streams. Here is what “NRA Country” has to say:
“Country star and outdoor enthusiast Chase Rice has been chosen as NRA Country’s Featured Artist for August. The announcement comes during a busy time, as he preps to release his highly anticipated debut album, Ignite The Night, set to release August 19 and available for pre order now. Rice is also poised to make his late-night national tv debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday, August 6.
“As part of the NRA Country promotion, fans can check out an exclusive behind the scenes video clip of the “Ready Set Roll” singer in a high octane off road adventure at NRACountry.com. While there, fans can register to win the ultimate “Ignite The Night Americaning Prize Package” including: an autographed “Ignite The Night” CD, a T-Shirt, beach towel, sunglasses, trucker hat, water bottle, and koozies.
“As an NRA Country Featured Artist, Chase joins some of country music’s biggest artists including Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Love and Theft, Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay, Craig Morgan and many more, in teaming up to celebrate his support of our brave men and women in uniform, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family.
“Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music artist Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice first made waves as a co-writer on Florida George Line’s massive 2012 crossover hit “Cruise,” and his star continues to rise with his own RIAA Gold-certified, Top 20-and-climbing single, “Ready Set Roll.” Rice’s new full-length album, Ignite the Night, is slated for release August 19 on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records.”
Here is what Chase has to say: “I grew up on a 15-acre horse farm in Florida, and later North Carolina. Instead of playing video games, I grew up hunting, riding four-wheelers, and getting outside and getting dirty. We went to church on Sundays and learned about Jesus, and then my dad would drink a beer that same afternoon while my mom cooked for me and my brothers. I don’t really know what people call ‘country’ anymore, but that was, and is, my version of country and I love it. I am Chase Rice and I am NRA Country.”
Here are more NRA featured country artists.
The Swon Brothers
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Hank Williams Jr.