Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor Has Had Enough of Country Music’s ‘God, Guns and Glory’ Mentality
At Bonnaroo 2018 in Manchester, Tenn., Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor discussed a subject that many celebrities are afraid to address: gun control. The artist sat on a panel with, among others, Aalayah Eastmond, a survivor of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Dougland High School in Parkland, Fla., and didn't mince his words when discussing the recent rash of mass shootings.
"We live in this country music town, and country music is a place where there’s been a historic tendency to really hold tight to the idea of God, guns and glory ... That’s become a country music truth, and I don’t believe that’s a country music truth," Secor said (quote via the Tennessean). "I believe it’s a nostalgic view that must be changed."
To Secor, October's shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev., "forced country music to take an in-depth look at itself and ask itself really hard questions." However, Secor added, "sadly, it seems like the status quo remains."
"I’m really glad Aalayah is here in Tennessee," Secor said, "to add an exclamation point to the state that enough is enough, Tennessee." Eastmond survived the shooting at her high school by hiding under a dead classmate's body.
Fifty-eight people died and hundreds more were injured during the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, which was carried out by a lone gunman in a nearby hotel. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 people died and numerous others were injured when a fellow student allegedly opened fire.
Old Crow Medicine Show played Bonnaroo 2018 as part of an expansive cross-country tour. The trek is in support of their newest album, Volunteer, which dropped on April 20.