Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Mock Obamacare at CMAs

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 6:45 pm

Last night at the Country Music Awards, singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performed a skit poking fun at Obamacare. Country music–both fans and performers–tends to skew towards the right (well, okay not the Dixie Chicks), but not everyone in the crowd laughed. Until the mention of hemorrhoids, because those are funny. Unless you have them.

And, On Piano, Dick Nixon: Music and Anarchy

By: Sunday January 22, 2012 9:30 am

When then-President Richard Nixon sat down at the piano on the stage of the Grand Old Opry in 1974, he was reinforcing a conservative, polemical wall of sound to help contain several decades of transformational popular music, from blues and jazz to rock & roll. Music was the last thing on his mind.

As part of his notorious race-based “southern strategy,” Nixon led the efforts of conservative elites to co-opt American country-western music. He got the idea from George Wallace’s 1968 campaign, which Wallace had filled with country stars like Hank Snow and Hank Williams Jr.

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