Morgan Wallen appeared on Saturday night with her Big Loud label-mate, Ernest, making her scheduled debut at the emerging country singer Grand Ole Opry. The band recently collaborated on a new ballad called “Flower Shops,” which they sang together on the set of ERNEST.
The appearance was first reported via the Grand Ole Opry Twitter feed at 8:41 pm CST’s tweet, “Surprise! Join @MorganWallen @ ernest615 and show off their new duet, ‘Flower Shop’.”
Almost immediately, the Grand Ole Opry Twitter feed plunged into the view of Valen, as the best-selling artist has not yet substantially repented the perception that he is a racist, racist abuse after the February 2021 controversy.
This issue was compounded by a tweet made by Opry on June 9, 2020 at the beginning of the George Floyd / National Riots era following the Black Lives Matter movement. In it, Opry said, “Racism is real. It’s unacceptable. It has no place in the Grand Ole Opry.”
Wallen appeared a year after Opry to showcase several black artists on stage as Britney Spencer, Breland and Willie Jones all debuted.
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Black artists and performers, with white allies occupying America’s lane next to the country, voiced on Twitter about Opry’s decision.
“Last night @opry, you had a choice – upset a guy and his” team “or break the heart of an army of ambitious black country artists. You made the wrong choice and I’m really sad for a lot of my friends today. Exhibitor Jason Isbell tweeted.
Isbell famously opened seven black female artists during his eight-night October 2021 residency at the Ryman Auditorium (his 2013 song “Cover Me Up” will be covered by Wallen in 2019).
Allison Russell, a Grammy-nominated artist and leading figure in the Americana Music Festival’s #AllAmericana campaign, tweeted, “The bigotry that permeates the mainstream country is rough. Take #Belhooks as saying, ‘Sometimes people try to destroy you precisely because they see your power. No, but they see it and they don’t want it to exist. #Alamericana
“Morgan Wallen’s thoughtful emancipation tour is the nail in my coffin of realizing these arrangements, and this town is not really for us,” wrote emerging star Joy Oladokun. I had no idea I would do this job forever. “
In support of Oladokun’s tweet, 2021 Americana Artist of the Year Brandi Carlyle made the most stubborn and most caustic statement: “F *** ’em. Whoever you want is listening to you.”
Rissy Palmer, a veteran Black Nashville performer based in Durham, North Carolina, who debuted Opry in 2007 (and returned to the stage in 2021), has added a follow-up note in a series of tweets, writing:
“I believe now is the time to watch and move. Let us create forums and systems that celebrate and welcome us. If done, imagine who’s knocking on your door. “
Opry’s Twitter is silent outside the time tweet for Sundays at 8:00 AM CST. Similarly, representatives of Big Loud Records or Grand Ole Opry have responded to Tennessee requests for statements as of this story. Tennessee will update the story after receiving communication from any party.
The Opry Opry historical record includes Charlie Pride’s 1993 invitation to join Opry’s and Darius Rucker’s 2012 invitation. In 1925, Black Harmonica defender DeFord Bailey overcame racial opposition from the director of the Grand Ole Opry Home Radio Station, the WSM radio station. His debut. The later years of the Opry included white artists playing in the Blackface, such as Lee Roy “Lawless” White, who joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1932 and his partner Lee Davis “Honey” Wilds. His Opry debut. In recent years, performers have appeared, including Palmer in 2007, Mickey Guyton (debuting in 2015), and the recent The Voice runner-up Wendy Motten (debuting in 2019).