Foul-mouthed country music star Wheeler Walker Jr. is furious after crowdfunding and merch fulfillment site PledgeMusic pulled pre-orders for his new album Ol’ Wheeler on Wednesday (2-22) due to concerns over the content, Saving Country Music has confirmed. Despite PledgeMusic knowing the nature of the project and taking pre-orders over the last week, the company decided to pull the project due to numerous complaints the company has received. PledgeMusic had a deal with Wheeler Walker Jr. to handle pre-orders of the album exclusively. Ol’ Wheeler is set to be released on June 2nd.
After multiple complaints, PledgeMusic did attempt to craft a resolution with the Wheeler Walker Jr. camp, but Walker Jr.’s management thought the solutions would “neuter” the spirit of the project, and so PledgeMusic pulled it. Customers should be receiving refunds from PledgeMusic, and Wheeler Walker Jr. has set up a new pre-order destination via District Lines.
“The fuckers/pussies at PledgeMusic have pulled pre-orders for my new album because it’s too offensive,” Walker Jr. said on Twitter Wednesday evening. “Asshloes like PledgeMusic are trying to stop you from buying my new album. But I will get it to you.”
Separately, apparently the Ol’ Wheeler album has also possibly hit a snag in the manufacturing side. Saving Country Music could not confirm the nature of the issue, but it apparently won’t affect the June 2nd street date of Ol’ Wheeler, though there is the possibility of slight delays for vinyl copies.
“A MAJOR record company has tired to halt production of my new record,” Wheeler says. “Nashville is officially ‘scared.’ But I will get the album to you. They know I will bring down the Music City Machine. This is war now. And I will win. They want you to open wide and shove the new Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys shit down your throat. Fight them and listen to Wheeler.”
Wheeler Walker Jr. is the alter ego of comedian Ben Hoffman. Since launching Wheeler Walker Jr. in 2016, his music has shown surprising traction, often upstaging major label artists in album sales, and sometimes getting into altercations with pop country stars on Twitter.