The Country Music Industry Is More Liberal Than It Lets On: Will More Start To Speak Up?

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Not long after the Dixie Chicks were exiled from the country universe in 2003 following Natalie Maines’ declaration, onstage in London, that they were “ashamed the president of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas,” a group that dubbed itself Music Row Democrats formed in Nashville. At first comprising 20 executives and songwriters, it soon blossomed into the thousands.

The goal of the organization was to help the town, known for its conservative base, elect left-leaning candidates and reveal Nashville for what it really is: a place where a surprising number of progressive liberals work in a musical genre that caters to a core conservative audience.

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