Dear Hate … #BlackoutTuesday #TheShowMustBePaused
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6/2/2020
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA

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TOP SHELF

Today, the music community comes together to make a unified statement against racial injustice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. As someone who has experienced excessive police force first-hand, I can tell you it happens quickly, violently, and leaves you feeling scared and powerless. The scars that such an encounter leaves behind are deep and permanent. We are living in one of the most polarizing times in our nation’s history. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to do what we can, with what we have, to make a difference in this world. To leave for the next generation, a better society where prejudice and racism are relegated to history books and equality is accessible to all of our brothers and sisters. We all have platforms at our disposal to amplify diverse voices. What the music community is observing today is something that needs to be retained in our hearts 365 days a year. Remember, people-of-color have to live within their own skin every minute of every day. There is no time-out. There is no refuge. And quite frankly, there shouldn’t have to be. Think about that the next time you consider signing a new artist, adding a new record, putting together your summer tour line-up, planning the award show performances, voting on your ACM/CMA nominations, curating your playlist, or any of the dozens of decisions people in this industry make day-in-and-day-out. There should be as many Jimmie Allen’s, Kane Brown’s, Mickey Guyton’s, Blanco Brown’s, and Darius Rucker’s as there are any of the other artists we support and love. I’ve always said that when it comes to country music, I’m a fan first. I consider it a privilege to be a small part of this community and am so grateful that all of you start (or in some cases end) your day with my tipsheet. Country music has always been about positivity and inspiration for me, so today’s edition features some of the songs and messages that I’ve found some solace in.

SOUND-CHECK

  • Tim McGraw performs on tonight’s episode of Late Night Seth
  • CMT will “Celebrate Our Heroes” during a special televised event  tomorrow on CMT
  • Luke Combs performs on Thursday’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition
  • Gone West will launch the release of their debut album Canyons with an interview and performance on CBS’s “The Talk” on June 12th.
  • Tim McGraw & Little Big Town will be a part of a 2-hour special from the GRAMMYs called “United We Sing” special airing on June 21st from 8-10 p.m. ET on CBS

WITH YOUR BLOODY MARY

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ON THE JUKEBOX

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HOUSE PLAYLIST

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ON THE KARAOKE MACHINE

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AT THE BAR

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BAR TALK

ladyantebellum via Insta: “We can’t speak to how it feels to be the target of racism in America, but we can see the pain, the suffering and the toll it continues to take. Our hope is that we all take the time to listen, educate ourselves, have difficult conversations and make changes through our own actions. As parents, it breaks our hearts knowing our children are living in a world where this level of hate exists, but we will raise them to lead with love, respect, compassion and a serving heart. We pray for peace and the wisdom to do just that.”
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ON THE BAR WALL

bradpaisley shared this photo and posted this message on Insta: “In Nashville, in the midst of Saturday’s confrontation between protestors & officers at the Central Precinct, Officer Garren Hoskins and the protestor in front of him began talking about their shared Christian faith. Hoskins asked the man to join him in prayer. They prayed.”

CRUSHIN IT

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NEAT

thetimmcgraw posted this message on Insta: “Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves…. I don’t know how it feels to be black in America. I don’t know how it feels to walk down the street at night and feel eyes of suspicion. I don’t know what it’s like to carry the worry for my child simply because they are black. I won’t pretend to. I am a human being who loves people, all people. I believe all people have inherent human rights – to live, pray and love as they choose or how they are born into this world. I believe that love, respect and understanding of each other is a light to guide our way. Our collective heart should break with every injustice brought to light. Our collective voices should be heard for each and every injustice brought to light, for there are many in the darkness. We must find a way to shine light on what is happening. Find a way to talk, Find a way to understand, Find a way to hold accountable those who won’t see, won’t understand and won’t love. I wish I knew the answers. I’m just a man who loves his family. And wants this world, this country, this life to be experienced to the best of any child’s imagination and ability. Without regard to color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. It’s just time that we understand that. Your child feels and loves My children feel and love All children feel and love Hate is observed and taught. #StandTogether #Unity #StayHumbleandKind
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WITH A TWIST

thomasrhettakins shared this personal message on socials: “As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. When I witnessed the horrific murder of George and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in America, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings.I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear- I stand with you, I stand with George and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest In Peace, George. We are not letting this go.”
“In a place that needs a change, make a difference. In a world full of hate, be a light. When you do somebody wrong, make it right. Oh, don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine. In a world full of hate, be a light…”
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ALL ACCESS

“What if I told you sometimes I lose my faith, I wonder why someone like you would even talk to me. What if I told you there is no fixing me, ‘Cause everybody has already tried…”
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SHOT

“Remember sittin’ on the front porch (front porch), Gunshots at the backdoor (backdoor)…And when the morning came, I heard the sirens ringin’ from my bed (from my bed), It was all in my head (head)” – Blanco Brown
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LAST CALL

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