Ricky Skaggs Deserves the National Medal of Arts, Not Cancellation
I won’t sit here and in any way try to excuse or justify Ricky Skaggs going into the White House to accept an award when an article of impeachment was being voted upon on the floor of the United States House of Representatives against President Trump for helping to incite a violent and murderous mob to storm the U.S Capitol. Regardless of what someone feels politically, anyone could have told you it would have been a public relations nightmare to choose to participate in such an event, and it has been, and for very understandable and justifiable reasons. And it hasn’t just been bad for Ricky Skaggs, and Toby Keith, who also accepted a National Medal of Arts on Wednesday, January 13th at the White House. It’s been bad for country music.
When NBC White House corespondent Peter Alexander announced on Twitter, “Trump is currently in the Oval Office awarding the National Medal of Arts to singers Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs, minutes after becoming the first president ever impeached twice,” it inexorably linked country music to the event, and forever. The way it was reported by numerous sources seemed to imply that the coinciding of the impeachment and the medal ceremony were purposeful, like this was Trump’s gambit to either answer the article of impeachment, diffuse the criticism he would face by doing something that would appeal to his base, or distract the public. In fact, this is how Rolling Stone and others reported it, as a “reaction” or a response to impeachment.
But that simply isn’t true. The event was supposed to happen in March. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the ceremony, and it had been rescheduled to January 13th in December, well before the Capitol riots, and well before there was any knowledge of impeachment proceedings. They also couldn’t delay the ceremony further, seeing how President Trump is coming to the end of his term.
Also, the portrayal by the press of Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith being the sole recipients of medals in an intimate Oval Office gathering wasn’t true at all. The awarding of the National Medal of Arts actually happened in the much larger East Room—where these sort of events normally happen. Peter Alexander later clarified that. And Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith weren’t the only ones honored. Opera singer and actress Mary Costa known for her role in Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty also received a National Medal of Arts. So did Earl “Rusty” Powell III, who is the National Gallery for the Art’s longest-serving director.
Also honored at the ceremony was photographer and journalist Nick Ut. Among many other accolades, Ut is known for taking what is arguably the most famous wartime photo in history—1973’s “The Terror of War” depicting a naked 9-year-old Vietnamese girl running from her village, skin on fire, after an errant napalm strike by the South Vietnamese Army destroyed her home (see image below). The photograph went on to win the World Press Photo of the Year, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Kay Coles James and O. James Lighthizer were also honored with National Humanities medals. But of course, none of these honorees were even mentioned by the numerous reports who tied the medallion ceremony to impeachment, only Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith were. Soon, it was an internet meme, and a viral story. For detractors of country music and President Trump, it seemed perfect. Of course Trump was giving medals to a couple of jingoistic country stars while being impeached. What else would he be doing? All the other details—like they were just two of the seven honorees, and the event had been scheduled for months—they just got in the way.
None of this wholly excuses the decision by Ricky Skaggs to attend the event. It still is a country star cavorting with a President accused of inciting acts of insurrection. New England Patriots football coach Bill Belichick was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump recently, but refused the medal due to the fallout after the Capitol attack. Many believe Ricky Skaggs should have done the same thing.
The matter of Toby Keith is somewhat of a different case. Keith has made an entire career out of incensing his detractors with scandalous stances meant to fly in the face of political correctness. He once released a record called Shock’n Yall, after his controversial song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” became a mega hit, and left many in the country (and in country music) embarrassed. But the more you get mad at Toby Keith for receiving a Medal for the Arts from President Trump, the more it plays into Toby Keith’s marketing. He doesn’t care. It will bolster the type of credibility Toby Keith craves, not hurt him.
Does Toby Keith even deserve such an award? This is a fair question. He did put 20 #1 singles on the charts during an eight year run, and had another seven #2’s during the same period. Like him or not, Toby Keith was mainstream country music in the aughts, and despite the bellicose and jingoistic anthems that have gone on to define him (and he’s been fine with letting that happen), like any artist, Toby Keith has also released quite a few quality songs. Some might be shocked to hear that Willie Nelson covered Toby Keith’s song “Don’t Let The Old Man In” on his last album, 2020’s Last Rose of Spring. But is Toby Keith’s legacy National Medal of Arts worthy? It’s at least debatable, with a strong list of names one could field who probably deserved it before he does.
But with Ricky Skaggs, there really is no debate. He deserves this recognition regardless of who is doling it out. Ricky Skaggs is a national treasure. He’s our generation’s Bill Monroe. From performing in Flatt & Scruggs at the age of seven, to joining Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys with Keith Whitley, to working with J.D. Crowe, Jerry Douglas, and the recently-passed Tony Rice in The New South, and being an important member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, the Ricky Skaggs contributions to bluegrass and country were massive even before he struck out as a solo artist, and became one of the biggest things in country music in the 80’s, all while being the primary understudy, and biggest champion of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
Beyond his bluegrass and country career, the collaborative efforts of Ricky Skaggs speak to his big heart, open mind, and wide acceptance throughout modern music. From playing with Phish, releasing a duo album with Bruce Hornsby, to working with Barry Gibb, The Moody Blues, Ireland’s The Brock McGuire Band, Ry Cooder, to Steven Curtis Chapman, Ricky Skaggs has worked, and will work with anyone.
In other words, Ricky Skaggs is not Toby Keith. In recent years, there is no question Skaggs has leaned in more significantly to his faith, and even more so since having quadruple bypass surgery in June. His renewed faith has come out in his music, his actions, and his public face. He hasn’t been some outspoken Trump supporter. But Ricky Skaggs isn’t outspoken about much, except for his faith. In September, he participated in a Prayer March with Vice President Mike Pence at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A couple of months ago Skaggs made a public post saying he was against abortion that got under some people’s skin. But some people trying to portray him as the sexist/racist/bigot archetype they love to assign to anyone they feel is on the other side of the political divide from themselves are overlooking a legacy of acceptance of everyone in country music, underscored by the collaborations he’s participated in, and other instances where Ricky Skaggs has stood up, and exuded character.
In 2014 after country artists Ty Herdon and Billy Gillman came out as gay, TMZ (during their short run of keeping a full staff in Nashville) ambushed Ricky Skaggs as he was walking into the Grand Ole Opry, hoping to trip him up, and to get him to say something disparaging about the two performers. But Ricky Skaggs didn’t take the bait. “That’s not my message, that’s not what my heart’s about,” Skaggs said. “I love everybody.” When pressed if he thought the country community would accept Herndon and Gillman, Skaggs responded, “I hope so.”
And none of this speaks to the tremendous amount of charitable work Ricky Skaggs has done throughout his life, or that if you speak to anyone, anyone about knowing, or meeting Ricky Skaggs, they’ll tell you what a kind-hearted man he is.
It’s just unfortunate to even see the talk of cancelling Ricky Skaggs, discounting his music, disinviting him from future events, simply because he decided to accept an award he wholeheartedly deserved, and was likely to get from whomever was President at this moment. Ricky Skaggs acknowledged he received the National Medal of Arts the next day, but hasn’t spoken publicly about his decision to accept the award. Don’t expect Ricky Skaggs to lash out at his detractors. Because that’s not what Ricky Skaggs does.
But Vietnamese-born photographer Nick Ut, who was wounded numerous times while covering the Vietnam War, has covered numerous other wars, covered the race riots in Los Angeles, the Black Lives Matter marches this summer, and other foreign and domestic uprisings, and who has arguably done more for the anti-war movement with one photograph than reams of written copy offered in the cause over a century, he did address accepting the National Medal of Arts from President Trump, even though he’s received not nearly the blowback of Ricky Skaggs, if any blowback at all.
Nick Ut said in part, “I’m sure a lot of people are very upset with me for accepting the medal. But it’s my personal life. I’m an old man now, so I’m happy the president gave me an award. For me, it’s more about receiving an award from a president … And I’m sure that in the next few days I will receive a lot of messages about accepting the award. But I don’t mind if anyone is angry because the award is for me personally, and it is from the President of the United States. He’s still the president. And this is America. We have freedom here. I never forget that.”
Music is something that can cross political divides and diffuse tensions between them when wielded properly. The music of Ricky Skaggs has specifically been a useful tool in that pursuit for half a century. If someone wants to be mad at Ricky Skaggs for participating in President Trump’s medallion ceremony during an impeachment proceeding, then be mad at him. And then forgive him. Because he’s Ricky Skaggs, and that’s what we do in liberal Democracies. We disagree, but ultimately, we come together.
That’s what President Trump did not do. He tried to divide and conquer, and his legacy will forever be sullied because of it. But the legacy of Ricky Skaggs shouldn’t be sullied just because he accepted an award he indisputably deserved, and had agreed to receive months before the current crisis. The music, and the man should speak for itself, and not be run through the current filter of roiling tensions, fueled by buzzy half-truths and outright lies to launch viral moments on social media. Otherwise, words can turn to anger, and anger into conflict, and conflict into war, and then you get images like the disturbing ones we saw from our Nation’s Capitol a few days ago. Or, the one below by National Medal for Arts recipient, Nick Ut.
January 16, 2021 @ 10:46 am
Keep comments on topic. Please.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:32 am
He absolutely deserves it. It doesn’t matter who the president is. Very sad to read of detractors who completely miss the point. It’s about the music and not the politics. Basically if you don’t agree with someone, anyone who is awarded by that person or indeed supports that person gets cancelled. Very sad.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:46 pm
Glad to see you are going to keep things on topic. So are you going to let Jim Bobs remarks about a “chocolate messiah” go unchallenged? Maybe it is time to find my entertainment elsewhere.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:43 am
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January 16, 2021 @ 4:45 pm
Beautifully done piece. Balanced, knowledgeable, fair, but not mealy-mouthed.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:27 pm
Well the impeachment was complete BS so why shouldn’t he accept it
January 16, 2021 @ 10:04 pm
Ricky Skaggs is a national treasure, end of.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:15 am
Yeah, inciting riots, lying about election fraud and endangering the very democratic principles the country is built on should just be ignored….
January 18, 2021 @ 10:04 am
Where is the clip of Trump inciting a riot? If that were true we would be seeing it on TV over and over and over .. where is it? What were the exact words?
January 18, 2021 @ 10:08 am
You can lead a horse to water…
January 18, 2021 @ 1:37 pm
Exactly, you have no words ..
January 19, 2021 @ 12:56 am
Maybe you should check out the New Yorker. They released a video from inside the Capitol where these terrorists themselves claim Trump told them to do what they did.
That’s how these things work. You tell a lie often enough that peope believe it, then you push the same button iver and over again and people will do what they believe you want them to do.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:33 pm
Proof of election fraud. Research is your friend. Trump incited no riots but Kamala, Bernie and Nancy sure have and their tweets are still up!
January 20, 2021 @ 1:37 am
Oh please “research”…
January 21, 2021 @ 12:20 pm
To Danny, you are representing the fools that want to keep hiding the truth from Americans. Creepy Joe Biden especially does not care about anyone but himself and his family and
what they can get away with. Pelosi and those dumb people listening to her will use Biden to get what they want. They don’t really care about what is good for America, they only want power.
January 21, 2021 @ 4:02 pm
“does not care about anyone but himself and his family and
what they can get away with”
Oh, the irony…
January 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
To Danny you are representing the sheep listening to Creepy Joe Biden and the loony left, He does not care about you or America, it is the power and what he and his family can get away with, selling out America. Biden is giving back to Iran and China again Pelosi wants power at all costs and will use Creepy Joe. None of this is good for America. Dems dont want to stop Antifa or any of the destructiion, they are too afraid to do it and again they don’t care.
January 21, 2021 @ 3:59 pm
Not sure if this is a parody…
T Elaine Dwigans
January 17, 2021 @ 11:31 am
President Trump warned months ago, when he refused to denounce Q’Anon, Proud Boys, other white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, that Pres Trump would only acknowledge a fair & impartial election, participate in a peaceful transition of power, IF PRESIDENT TRUMP WON! His comments and constant calls for his followers “to stand down & stand by”, calling his VP a “pussy” for not backing the totally unfounded claims of unfair elections. The ultimate crime was to lie to his angry followers, after an election that produced the largest voter turnout in History, saying, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol building & I will be with and take back this stolen election” A sitting PRESIDENT, incited violent, armed, seditionists to riot is a CRIME, & hideous. If Trump cared for our country, he could have left office dignity intact with 3 words. “I succeed this election.”
January 17, 2021 @ 6:27 am
God I love this Country-I spent 20 years defending it.
And I sure love Ricky Skaggs (not so much Toby Keith).
But what I hate is this overwhelming need to jump on the bandwagon and accuse the President without trial or conviction.
Yes, I understand the rhetoric. Yes I understand the claim that his words were inflammatory. But this is (for now) The United States Of America, and one of our (currently) Constitutional Rights is to be “presumed innocent” until convicted by a judge, or jury. Now Presidential trials are a bit different. In this case the Prosecutor (The House of Representatives) has brought charges (the impeachment indictment). But until and unless a jury (The Senate) tries and convicts him, you cannot say he was guilty of anything, and damned sure not insurrection! You may say he is accused, suspected or even that you believe he is guilty, but you are not the judge so you cannot deem him guilty.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:36 am
I don’t feel like the President doesn’t deserve trial or conviction. The entire premise of this article is to point out how the media tied Ricky Skaggs and country music to impeachment unfairly, how Ricky Skaggs deserved the National Medal of Arts, and how he doesn’t deserve to have his character dragged through the mud for doing so. But it’s also important to point out WHY that is happening. Any rational person could have told you that accepting this award at this time would result in a public relations nightmare.
People want to litigate impeachment here because they’re geeked up on the issue, and have been talking about it on social media all day. You’re missing the point. There is no question the words of the President at least helped inspire what happened at the Capitol, and beyond the speech right before it. Whether it was impeachable or a crime, I’ll allow the courts to decide. But if you love President Trump and would never consider canceling Ricky Skaggs, I did not write this article for you. I have no desire to preach to a choir. I wrote this article for the individuals who are mad at Ricky Skaggs, and who are calling for his cancellation, by offering cool-minded facts and perspective of why those calls are unfounded.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:14 am
“Any rational person could have told you that accepting this award at this time would result in a public relations nightmare.”
It is now a problem that people care less about public relations and go on about their lives?
Who are the one’s who really care about public relations?
Show me that list, which is far too long, & i’ll bring up another point.
King Honky Of Crackershire knows stuff
January 17, 2021 @ 9:32 am
I probably speak for a few of us when I say, that although you didn’t write this article for us, we are here, because to write this article is to accept a false premise. Watching you validate foolishness by accepting false premises frustrates people who know that you have a pretty big platform here.
The premise that Trump’s integrity, in regards to the speech, should even be questioned, is verifiably false, and therefore the notion that Ricky should even consider whether or not he should accept this award is an extension of that falsehood.
It would’ve been more fitting, to write an article decrying the sad reality that 75% of an entire generation of Americans are so unprepared for life, so out of touch with American values(life, liberty, etc.), that they spend inordinate amounts of time pining for the destruction of those with whom they disagree. And what’s worse, is that the overwhelming majority of the disagreements come from misinformation.
If you’re going to venture into issues outside of music, I wish you’d use your platform to reverse falsehoods, as opposed to accepting falsehoods, and then trying to convince neurotic people who created the falsehoods to be okay with people who do things in violation of those falsehoods. If we had a President who was trying to start an insurrection against our Constitutional Republic, very few people of sound mind would be okay with someone accepting an award from that President.
Think about it; this is essentially your argument.
“Our President led a cop-killing insurrection against America, and that’s really bad.
Yes, I know you believe he’s literally Hitler, and I’ve done nothing to convince you otherwise, but he’s still the President.
Also, Ricky Skaggs is great, and very deserving of this award. You should be okay with him accepting it from a guy who is literally Hitler and led a cop-killing insurrection against the USA.”
With that essentially being your argument, this whole article is rendered rhetorical. It accomplishes nothing, and will convince nobody.
Nor should it. I wouldn’t want Ricky Skaggs to accept an award from literal Hitler the insurrectionist, either.
January 17, 2021 @ 10:22 am
“The premise that Trump’s integrity, in regards to the speech, should even be questioned, is verifiably false,”
People keep trying to make it be about one speech. Donald Trump set the table for the insurrection with months of rhetoric following the election. The speech didn’t help. I run a country music blog. This is not a court of law. I’m not saying he committed a crime. I’ll let the courts and Congress decide that. What he did do was something that was severely unpopular, and by awarding a medal to Ricky Skaggs at that time, it brought undue heat on both Skaggs and country music. That is a fact. What I was trying to do here was explain in a very balanced and measured way why that was unfair. The fact that people are running up against me like a bulwark as some staunch anti-Trump voice is proof positive people have lost their everloving minds. Did you read this article? Did you notice the title? Did you understand the conclusion?
“Yes, I know you believe he’s literally Hitler, and I’ve done nothing to convince you otherwise, but he’s still the President.”
I don’t believe that, and have never said anything of the sort. I don’t think Trump is Hitler. I think it’s irresponsible to make such a statement. That kind of rhetoric damages the severity of such a charge, and should be reserved for only when it is true.
“this whole article is rendered rhetorical. It accomplishes nothing, and will convince nobody.”
Bullshit. It already has.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 17, 2021 @ 10:44 am
……. “Yes, I know you believe he’s literally Hitler, and I’ve done nothing to convince you otherwise, but he’s still the President.”
I don’t believe that, and have never said anything of the sort. I don’t think Trump is Hitler. I think it’s irresponsible to make such a statement. That kind of rhetoric damages the severity of such a charge, and should be reserved for only when it is true.”………
You completely misunderstood me here:
“Yes, I know you believe he’s literally Hitler, and I’ve done nothing to convince you otherwise, but he’s still the President.”
I’m not saying you believe that. I’m saying that you are essentially saying this phrase to the folks attacking Ricky, who do believe that.
You’re telling them to be okay with Ricky accepting an award from someone they believe is “literally Hitler”. Why would anyone be okay with that?
Also, to say that Trump has spent months setting the table for insurrection, you have to be able to actually refute the evidence, which no one has done. Yes, I know we’re not going to discuss the election, but you have to be able to refute legally admissible evidence in order to say that Trump did anything wrong. Surely you can understand my point here.
January 17, 2021 @ 6:51 pm
Your response was about the best thing I’ve read all day. You were dead on. Ive always believed “news” should be reported with facts and not opinions. All of the recipients earned this moment and its a shame our news outlets would attempt to tarnish such a special moment by slandering them. Boo to the author of this article. He dont want to get a bunch of country music fans pissed off at him.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:58 pm
This is not a news story. News is categorized and tagged as “news.” Furthermore, a country music website probably has no business reporting ‘news” about political doings. This is an opinion article, and it is the opinion of this writer that Ricky Skaggs deserved the recognition he received from President Trump, and does not deserve to receive any career-injuring backlash for it. That’s what this story is about. If you came here for objective coverage on the impeachment of Donald Trump, you’re the one that is mistaken. There is absolutely nothing here to allude that is what is going on here.
Granted, there is some reporting included in this article as well specific to how numerous major outlets misrepresented the medallion ceremony at the White House held during impeachment as being in response to the impeachment motion, and only including two country artists. None of this was true. Impeachment and the riots at the Capitol are also mentioned, because that is the context of the situation.
This really isn’t that complicated. If what you took from this article is that it’s a country music website reporting in a dedicated manner on either impeachment, or the riot at the US Capitol, then your opinion is invalid, because that’s clearly not what’s going on here.
Everyone is getting shell gamed at the moment by both sides of the media in a way that has shaken me to my core. But if we can’t take even the most obvious universal truths as a given, we truly have greater problems, and I might as well give up the fight for country music, because there’s not going to be a society left to enjoy it.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:34 am
Thank you very much for your years of services. You are 100% correct. Just like anyone else. Dont judge, not guilty until proven guilty
I too, am sad, hurting for our country and uneasy as things stand, but unfortunately our current President has not been given a fair presidency from the beginning. Sad how so many Americans are truly FAKE because he told us during his run for his current term he would do this, he would do that etc. and did or has given his all to do it and now the FAKE are all up in arms because we FINALLY have a president who said he would do things and did.
Sorry for my rant. I love AMERICA and we ALL need to put hatred, race, religion aside and COME TOGETHER. After 2020 we’ve got to get some NORMALCY back. What used to be normal anyways.
January 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
It is sad for America that unrest continues, how quickly many forget burning cities and violence that happened in last several months and the left only encouraged it. President Trump speech did not incite what happened on jan 6th. He is the one
Who placed a law for destruction of property. Ask the real questions why the rush to place blame and another phony impeachment. Those who rush to blame are hiding more . As for all who received honors, they deserve the honor
January 20, 2021 @ 1:51 am
Whataboutism is an admission of guilt.
T Elaine Dwigans
January 17, 2021 @ 11:37 am
Thank you for your service to our country. Trump warned us he would not accept loss. Surely, sir, you can agree, the President surely should have said “I succeed the race for office of the Presidency.” Preserving our peaceful transition of power?
Chris Robinson Hagwood
January 17, 2021 @ 9:36 pm
Two thumbs up to you James. Well-said.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:32 am
The only question I have is WTH is Toby Keith getting an award for? This one-trick pony had been exploiting the troops for his own profit for years. But, you know, Rush Limbaugh got a Medal of Freedom, so it’s pretty clear none of this matters.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:25 am
This was a well written article. I’ve been in love with Ricky Skaggs since I was 15 yrs old in the 1980’s, and his voice and music live in my heart. He earned this recognition for his musical contributions. He has NOT earned criticism for accepting this medal, not his fault the presenter is crazy.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:48 am
Y’all make me sick ! Talking crap about Toby like that ! Big green monster maybe ?
January 17, 2021 @ 9:41 am
You accept blindly that the President is responsible for the crazy mob at the Capitol. Half the country does not agree. Half the country doesn’t agree with the impeachment grounds which were pursued without consensus from both parties. All of this is political propaganda which you choose to perpetuate. Shame. Where are the real journalists? Chased off by their employers.
January 17, 2021 @ 10:10 am
I don’t accept blindly that the President is responsible for the crazy mob any more than I accept that Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith were honored in the Oval Office with National Medal of Arts as a direct response to impeachment proceedings as way reported in the media, as opposed to the actual story of them being 2 of 8 medal recipients in an East Room ceremony that was supposed to happen in March, and had been planned for over a month. I don’t know if President Trump is “responsible” for the mob or not. He most certainly inspired it, and not just with his speech before, but with his rhetoric ever since the election. And if you can’t give Trump at least a sliver of culpability for that, however thin, you’re the one that’s blind. Should he be impeached for it? That’s up for Congress to decide. But the acceptance of those medals very directly brought negative attention to both Ricky Skaggs and country music. Personally, I think this is unfair. But given the current climate, it was completely and utterly predictable this would be the outcome. And again, if what you took from this article is that I’m for removing the dully elected President days before he’s set to leave office anyway, you read what you wanted to, instead of what is here.
Chris Robinson Hagwood
January 17, 2021 @ 9:39 pm
January 17, 2021 @ 11:36 am
More Main Stream Media BULLSHIT. MSM is bias to Conservative if it doesn’t favor LIBERAL its wrong.
January 17, 2021 @ 11:59 am
You mean like Peter Alexander of NBC?
Chris Robinson Hagwood
January 17, 2021 @ 9:34 pm
Stop apologizing. Stop rationalizing.
Who gives a care what Rolling Stone (or any other mainstream media outlet) opines?!
Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith are, and have been, giants in country music.
They not only represent talent and musicianship; they represent God, Family, and Country.
You mention President Trump being the first President ever impeached *twice* — BUT you failed to mention that Nancy Pelosi is, to the best of my knowledge, the first Speaker of the House to call for impeachment of a President two times in a row (and I do believe she brought it up even before President Trump was sworn into office).
Stop pandering to mainstream media, liberals, and leftists.
You don’t have to ‘pick a team’.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN? WRITE THAT.
In fact, I would think that you had more character if you stood up for what was right, and real, and true.
In the words of Aaron Tippin, “you’ve got to stand for somethin’ or you’ll fall for anything”.
January 17, 2021 @ 10:52 pm
“You mention President Trump being the first President ever impeached *twice*”
No, I did not. I quoted Peter Alexander of NBC News, who falsely portrayed to the public that President Trump was giving medals to Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith in the Oval Office during the impeachment vote, when in truth it was part of a larger ceremony in the White House’s East Room involving eight medal recipients.
This then disproves your accusation, “Stop pandering to mainstream media, liberals, and leftists.”
This literally makes no sense. It’s pure madness. The very point of this article was the exact opposite of what you’re portraying. It was to call out and prove that the mainstream media falsely portrayed the particulars of the medal ceremony, and to push back against the “liberals and leftists” who are attempting to tarnish Ricky Skaggs for participating in the medal ceremony. After all, the title of the article is “Ricky Skaggs Deserves The National Medal of Arts, Not Cancellation.”
I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but there is absolutely no way you could have actually read this article, and used what you found here to leave this comment. It’s intellectually impossible. So either you came to this article with a presupposed assumption about what it was about following a social media thread, or you are so stuck in a gear of battling against impeachment, you cannot rationally crunch the information presented here. Again, I don’t want to be disrespectful and I appreciate all feedback. But your comment (and others here) is so nonsensical, it is physically scary.
“WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN? WRITE THAT.”
I’m pretty sure that’s what I did.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:38 pm
Stay away from country and bluegrass music because you obviously have no idea what you are speaking of. Toby’s song was very well received and a huge hit; not an embarrassment as you state. These 2 have every right to go to the WH where THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA is wanting to honor them! Trump supporters did not storm the capital! There were over 200,000 there and maybe .5% were “supporters” but not the supporters we approve of. You all need to stop your lying and fake news! Why is noone complaining of the murders, arsons, police killed and/or attacked, businesses destroyed and Kamala, Nancy and Bernie tweeting let them be, they are being expressive crap??
January 20, 2021 @ 1:05 pm
What total hogwash from just another hate filled Liberal scumbag!
January 20, 2021 @ 1:14 pm
Just think what these crazy and hate filled Liberals would have said about the 75 million Trump voters if they had spent the last 7 months like Biden voters did; looting every thing in sight, burning down and destroying hundreds of businesses, murdering numerous cops, and all of it encouraged by Black Supremacists, DemocRAT politicians and scumbag Antifa and BLM activists????
August 28, 2022 @ 6:05 pm
Wow would you look at that! He is a not a great person. Maybe you should reconsider your whole thing about “political differences” and consider being anti abortion etc is for bad people who think bad things.
January 16, 2021 @ 10:56 am
I don’t object to them accepting it, though you wouldn’t find me that close to the current president unless I was in handcuffs. I just wonder where Trump heard of Ricky Skaggs since he’s known not to have any arts or music in his life. I think someone else probably recommended it.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:25 pm
Politics should not enter into these honors. They are so very deserving of this honor.
So heartbreaking that Amercia has come into these areas where people don’t want politics.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:07 am
I’m not familiar with Nick Ut but I think his statement sums it up pretty perfect
January 16, 2021 @ 11:09 am
Funny how sometimes people born outside of our country can see the problems with our overly political environment better than we can
January 16, 2021 @ 4:06 pm
Where have you been? He loves country music. Duh
January 17, 2021 @ 1:52 pm
Liberals destroy everything they touch. That’s why you keep them out of your house.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:15 am
I agree with your headline on both accounts. Skaggs deserves the award and he doesn’t deserve to be cancelled. That said, the story here is “Ricky Skaggs screws up colossally by accepting award from president who just incited an insurrection where several people died.” All of these things are true. For what it’s worth, I feel the same way about Nick Ut.
Respectfully, you’re REALLY burying the lede in the 7th paragraph with: “None of this wholly excuses the decision by Ricky Skaggs to attend the event. It still is a country star cavorting with a President accused of inciting acts of insurrection.”
January 16, 2021 @ 3:02 pm
Accepting an award is not cavorting.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:34 pm
Yes. Yes it is.
January 16, 2021 @ 6:21 pm
Some people feel the office of the President deserves respect, not the necessarily the person currently holding the position. I’m not judging any of these seven people that showed up to simply accept an award. I seriously doubt that all of them were rabid Trump supporters.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:13 am
In normal circumstances I would have agreed. Unfortunately though these are not normal circumstances.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:41 am
Got hate? I will pray for you and I will pray for this country. We are going to need a lot of it!
January 17, 2021 @ 10:17 am
How is it hateful? Please enlighten me.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:43 am
“Tried to divide and conquer?”
Laughable. The country was divided long ago.
Hopefully, this means Sleeping Beauty won’t be cancelled. Its animation is the best all time. Just glorious to behold.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:49 am
the award should have gone to the dixie chicks, the chicks or the chix with dix, whatever they call themselves these days. they are the heroes we need right now
funny how all this attention is on “the president is accused of…” How dare person x meet with, accept an award from “a president accused of not being a citizen. ”
offtopic, but what part of peacefully and patriotically march is inciting a riot? is it that the riot was kicking off before the president even finished talking, that there were known plans to cause mayhem going into this by bad actors. presenting it like the orange cheerio in chief caused a riot is disingenuous at best. should not be a part of this article.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:30 am
I did NOT mean to ‘like’ this comment. What a bunch of garbage.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:53 am
I’m so tired of this shit. I’m not Trump fan and obviously have an issue with what happened. But I’m also against the hypocritical over-exaggeration and politicization of almost everything. Who is going to accept the award from a man you can watch groping pre-prepubescent girls on C-Span, with your own eyes? But whatever, whataboutism arguments suck and I’m not going to brother with that. I’m just so sick of everyone and I’m highly suspicious of the perfect people who have no reason for cancellation. Would I accept the award? Probably not. But this highly laughable selective moral outrage is getting really, really old. The photographers response was perfect.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:55 am
Read the speech. There was never any “incitement.” People are so polarized they can’t think straight. Ricky Skaggs is an institution, a phenomenal musician, and a wonderful human being. Good on the Trump administration for recognizing him, and good on him for accepting. The pearl-clutching hysterics are welcome to pearl-clutch as hysterically as they want, just off in some corner with the political crayons.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:20 am
“Read the speech”
If ever there was a situation where you have to take the entire event i to account it is here.
It was not just Trump’s speech, it was both his sons’, Guillianni’s and many others who kept fanning the flames of an already blood thirsty (and frankly very dumb) crowd.
They set them on their way and then tucked tail and moved in the opposite direction.
January 17, 2021 @ 6:17 am
I grew up in Memphis in the 1960’s
MLK, Jr would come to our city, organize a protest, and give a highly charged speech.
Each time, a black person in the audience would throw a rock or a brick through a window and riots would commence for days at a time.
Applying your logic to MLK, Jr, he clearly incited riots in Memphis.
I read and watched the President’s speech and I didn’t see anything which would motivate someone to overrun the Capital.
I was glad to see the President grant awards to Ricky Skaggs – Toby, not so much (I don’t mind his music, but I seldom play it), and Bill Bellechek, not at all (he’s a perennial cheater).
January 17, 2021 @ 6:28 am
If you say things like “ Applying your logic” wouldn’t it then be better to actually apply my logic?
January 21, 2021 @ 1:08 pm
No Danny, you have no logic, you are a Fool
January 21, 2021 @ 4:01 pm
Not sure why you replied.
Someone said he wanted to “apply my logic” then he didn’t.
And now you feel that you need to pour some gasoline on the fire 4 days later. Good for you!
Linda J Moore
January 17, 2021 @ 7:10 am
It was filled with incitements. He told them over and over that the election was stolen (fueling fury). MY VOTE WAS STOLEN. That’s one tiny example. I don’t know what you listened to or read. But it couldn’t have been the January 6th, Trump speech.
Skaggs hung around with the Trump admin??? Apparently so… Prayer March with Pence. Breaks my heart. I just lost tons of respect for Skaggs. Unbelievable.
January 16, 2021 @ 12:01 pm
I have some liberal views, like a living wage. However, I could never support any liberal candidate because they want to cancel people, and they speak out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to condemning violence.
January 16, 2021 @ 12:31 pm
Got tired of sitting the fence, huh Trig?
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 16, 2021 @ 12:51 pm
No. He’s still sitting on the fence, only he’s not straddling it. Both legs are hanging over the left side.
January 17, 2021 @ 5:44 am
Claiming Trigger is left is obtuse.
It seems that you guys demand total and utter devotion and as soon as you question anything the supreme leader does you are either antifa, the deep state, blm or libtards. You are basically brownshirts.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 7:02 am
Not even sure there’s a “basically.”
Terrorists stormed the fucking Reichstag two weeks ago.
January 16, 2021 @ 12:33 pm
Don’t make a damn to me who the President is at the time the awards are given out. Congratulations Ricky Skaggs on a well deserved award.
January 16, 2021 @ 12:34 pm
Trigger, everyone knows the truth always gets in the way of a good story
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 16, 2021 @ 12:44 pm
Ricky Skaggs should be proud to accept an award from, and attend a ceremony with the greatest President since Coolidge.
Trump didn’t divide the country, Obama did, and Bush before him. You are ignorant of history, and should stay in your lane if you’re gonna make obliviously moronic claims like that.
What Trump DID do, is successfully expose how deep the divide is, and it’s not so much between liberals and conservatives, or different races, but between the working class and the political elite. If you were into facts, you’d know that Donald Trump received more votes from all the various minority identities than any Republican since 1960.
Donald Trump started the process of exposing to people from all walks of life how much their politicians truly loathe them. He started the process of bringing all people together to take our country back from the corrupt sleaze balls like Jiao Xiden, and to start putting the interests of the American people first.
Heck, Trump won me over. You can find comments from me trashing him, on this site.
Ricky has nothing to be ashamed of. He’s receiving this award from one one of the few Presidents who was ever qualified to give it out.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:03 pm
“Ignorant of history” + “greatest since Coolidge” definitely checks out.
January 16, 2021 @ 4:59 pm
He exposed how the Republican party backers hated how the common voter had a say in picking the candidate. He exposed how the Washington cesspool is actually more united than divided in their corruption. He exposed how all the foreign policy deals don’t benefit America at all and that is why world leaders hated him but Americans like all people want to be liked over putting their country’s interests first.
Woodrow Wilson started the divide. It will never be healed until one side wins. The two sides are too ideologically apart. One side there is common values of faith, patriotism, love of America, small government and the other side is a tyrannical, 1984 style government. The latter has the media and education in their pocket and so people are indoctrinated into accepting tyranny under the guise of “safety” and “common good.”
January 17, 2021 @ 2:23 am
Wow, this is the most disturbed rambling demonizing bs I have ever read.
“ One side there is common values of faith, patriotism, love of America, small government and the other side is a tyrannical, 1984 style government.”
Get off social media!
January 17, 2021 @ 5:35 am
Danny in case you didn’t know Conservatives are being kicked off social media and pretty much every social media site rails against any conservative beliefs. We get it orange man=bad. Conservative=bad. You’ve made that very clear with all of your obnoxious comments. Maybe Conservatives wouldn’t need to feel so strongly if literally everywhere in the news media conservative beliefs are being stifled and demonized. Its now more anti-establishment to hold any conservative beliefs than liberal ones. If there’s one take away here it’s that now conservatives can’t even enjoy seeing the amazing Ricky Skaggs get an award without being attacked by the news media. This crap just gets more out of hand everyday. But you’d rather see someone accept an award by a pedophile? If useful idiots like you keep talking and being an echo chamber for the MSM then make no mistake that might not be the last time the Capitol is stormed.
January 17, 2021 @ 5:41 am
Orwell would like a word with you.
Conservatives are not being kicked off social media. Dangerous retoric is.
Your bs remarks about Biden being a pedophile is all everyone neess to see to understand that you are not voicing the conservative opinion. You are voicing the lunatic Q, infowars, conspiracy opinion. I respect conservatives. People like you though? Not one bit.
January 17, 2021 @ 6:08 am
I never in my statement said that I believed in QANON or any of those stupid conspiracy theories.
There is ample footage of Joe Biden smelling and groping young girls. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to say that he has pedophile tendencies without believing in stupid conspiracy theories.
Because people like you claim of dangerous rhetoric, conservatives that hold more mild beliefs are being pushed off social media along with the ones that hold the conspiracy theory ideas thus giving the type of conservatives you claim to respect no place to discuss anything at all. My main two reasons for posting what I did was just to make the claim that now I can’t even enjoy one of my country heroes receive an award and to piss you off. Mission accomplished in both fronts. No you can get back to living in your safe MSM bubble.
January 17, 2021 @ 6:17 am
“I am not a conspiracy theorist” followed by “Biden is a pedophile”. Good for you buddy!
Also, if your goal was “to piss me off” I would suggest some better goals.
January 17, 2021 @ 6:26 am
What else can I say other than there’s a widely distributed video of him smelling and weirdly touching kids. If I didn’t see it I wouldn’t have any claims to make. I am actually starting my second semester, second year of Veterinary school tomorrow so I think my goals are well in check but thanks for the concern Danny boy.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:07 am
I won’t have to get off. The Ministry of Truth will ban me soon enough for daring to think differently. Conservative values aren’t allowed. Ask Twitter. They use the vague term dangerous rhetoric to justify any banning.
Vagueness is the tool of pettiness and tyrants.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:31 am
No one is banned for being conservative stop being a crybaby snowflake.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:01 am
Please at least explain to me how Amazon who owns cloud services and goDaddy(basically the two most common ways to get a url) as well as the worlds two largest social media platforms don’t set a concerning precedent in their size and influence on us. Way before any of these recent events I supported the ideology that these tech giants should be regulated way more by the government. Now the same liberals who were saying “eat the rich” not too long ago are eating cake with them. It won’t last long though eventually they will find some of your beliefs they don’t agree with and we will all be crybaby snowflakes and we will melt away along with America as we all know it.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:48 am
Let me put it into terms you are familiar with. Imagine hate speech, lies and incitement as a cake for a gay marriage and social media as a hatefilled baker.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 3:48 pm
All CountryKnight knows is performative victimhood.
There’s no pride, or intellectual integrity – just a desperate sense that he’s “owed” more than his aggressive mediocrity has given him.
A little surprised that his mom didn’t spend this week begging the courts to release him into her custody, because jail doesn’t serve organic meals.
January 18, 2021 @ 12:17 am
Danny I asked for a legitimate example. All you did was assume I’m against gay marriage and use a divisive woke metaphor that really didn’t do much to discuss social media censorship in its true form. Plus I love that you and your bud cool Lester have ran out of intelligent arguments and went straight for name calling. You accused other people for being brown shirts while simultaneously taking any chance to call everyone an idiot that held a different opinion than you. If I’m a brown shirt at least my shirt is brown from dye and not all the shit I peddle. Just because I hold some conservative beliefs doesn’t mean I automatically am a Trump worshiper. You just assumed that for the sake of your arguments because outside of bringing Trump into it and assuming things about people you have never met you wouldn’t have a sound point to make.
January 18, 2021 @ 2:43 am
Are we now unto the sobs? Weren’t you the one who said one of his goals was “to piss me off” and now you want to play the misunderstood victim. Taste of your medicine was not good I take it?
January 18, 2021 @ 9:46 am
I just have a fun time interacting with people who are on the left is all. You very much fit the archetype from what I’ve seen from your responses all over this article. I don’t consider myself a victim we are both hypocrites. The only difference is I can admit it. I really just had the responses I did because you didn’t address my question for an explanation of social media censorship in a rational manner. This is just a website not a town hall discussion so I really don’t care how I seem. I did it mostly as a social experiment to see how left believers like you react to criticism and I wanted to challenge your view because I got tired of seeing your pretentious responses all over this page. We obviously will never agree. So anyway have a good day.
January 18, 2021 @ 11:30 am
So did you get tired of my responses or did you enjoy the interaction?
I was well aware that you are a hypocrite, that is why I pointed it out. Me? Not so much.
We are in total disagreement over what constitutes:
-the concept of leftwing politics
Go cry some more and then act like it was all a ruse.
January 18, 2021 @ 2:02 pm
What is there to cry about? We had an insane interaction on a country music website that at this point maybe 10 people will see who haven’t read the article yet and are bored enough to read through over a hundred comments. I found it entertaining that you would care enough to keep a conversation going with me. I was being a troll to your troll. If anything our conversation will just provide further evidence that either side will never be able to come together as long as mountains keep being made out of mole hills. As a result nothing will be safe. Not even a guy going to the White House to receive an apolitical award for his contributions to the advancement of country music that he rightly deserved and the division and animosity in this country will grow. None of that of course matters when you are someone as self-righteous, moral, and upstanding as yourself.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:06 am
A guy who calls himself a honky and a cracker is also a Trump fan.
Wow. That’s gotta be the biggest surprise since Bruce Jenner announced that he was Caitlyn.
It will take everybody on the board at least a day to absorb and recover from the shock.
Billy Wayne Ruddick
January 17, 2021 @ 12:31 pm
Man, Honky. That HAS to be your most entertaining comment of all time. And that is saying a ton!
John R Baker
January 16, 2021 @ 1:32 pm
Ricky Skaggs deserved better than this. He may like Trump I suppose and that’s his business. But he deserved to get a medal along with a tribute event. I don’t blame him for doing it.
January 16, 2021 @ 2:11 pm
Good for you, Trigger!
With this column’s verifiable, undeniable bias against Trump and Keith, you can print off multiple copies and make the rounds of the downtown bars in Austin tonight, pass them out to the drooling idiots (a/k/a liberals) who have destroyed Austin, pump your little chest out and say, “I damned sure gave it to those sons-of-bitches, didn’t I?”
They will all cheer and pat you on the head for a job well done!
January 16, 2021 @ 2:58 pm
I’m the leftist left that ever lefted and none of this has changed how much I adore Ricky Skaggs.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:14 pm
The media does seem to report selectively in order to stick the knife into country music. The coverage I saw/read only mentioned Toby Keith, and I got the impression he was the only person receiving the award that day. If not for reading Trigger’s article, I wouldn’t have known about not only Ricky Skaggs but all the other non-country artists receiving the award that day, and the fact that the ceremony had already been booked long before the US Capitol incident.
Probably not a good PR move for the artists to still show up, but isn’t the president meant to be a representative of the people? So, you’re not really receiving the award from Trump; you’re receiving it from him on behalf of the country?
January 16, 2021 @ 3:38 pm
Is that why he gave out those medals to a South African and a Swedish golfer last week as well? On behalf of the people?
January 16, 2021 @ 4:03 pm
Danny, my understanding is that, rather than necessarily being personal favorites of the president, potential recipients for a National Medal of the Arts are selected by an advisory committee of the National Endowment for the Arts, which makes its recommendations to the White House. Trump doesn’t strike me as someone who’d otherwise have heard of opera singer Mary Costa, photographer Nick Ut, or even Ricky Skaggs for that matter.
We do know, though, that Trump likes golf and conservative politics, and the reason why his five most recent choices for the Presidential Medal of Freedom were three golfers and two Republicans is that PMoF recipients are more likely to be personally selected by the president, though recommendations can also come via the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:09 pm
Did you read Anthony’s reply. Did you understand it, Danny? Or was it too difficult for you to follow. And he gave the award to a Swede and a South African because he could find no Americans worthy of it.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:28 pm
Hi Johnny Come Lately!
Anthony was respectful and reasonable. You, however, are an aggressive pos with an attitude problem.
Although there was a lot to be said for Anthony’s point I believe it rings untrue as I refuse to believe any advisory committee would endorse Rush Limbaugh for anything. Ever.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:52 pm
Why the hell you have to bring politics to this???? I stop reading right there .its plan you are a mindless self centered being that doesn’t research. I will ban you like I have the other haters..jerk!!!!
January 16, 2021 @ 4:06 pm
It seems if you’re talking about a country music artist receiving a medal from the President, and the political backlash that ensued, you have no other choice than to “bring politics into it.” I try to avoid politics at all costs. But if a country legend is facing cancellation amid a political scenario, it is unavoidable.
January 16, 2021 @ 6:52 pm
Well to be clear President Trump didnt incite the rioters. So do your research 1st before you ride off MSM that only reports for their cause.
So if you MUST BRING POLITICS INTO the story…make it truthful! ..still a Jerk!
January 17, 2021 @ 5:48 am
“Do your research” the first warning sign of the crazy fringe.
“Do your research” actually means “Watch someone else’s shitty YouTube video.”
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 7:06 am
I was in a cab a few weeks ago – driver was an anti-masker, who recommended a YouTube channel that would show me “the truth.”
Very glad I had an N95 on, haha
January 17, 2021 @ 8:57 am
“do your research…”
The most useless comment on the internet, always.
Again, if you read this article as a treatise on President Trump, you read what you wanted to, not what was here.
January 18, 2021 @ 7:18 am
you hear that di? stop telling me to google your dangerous fringe theories and instead stick to the beat poetry updates about your mundane life.
January 18, 2021 @ 10:21 am
: D Morning dumbass,
Thank you for ascribing your words to something i didn’t say.
Really enjoy scuba/spearfishing, (eating the fish we brought up, just hours after, mainly mangrove snapper, & hogfish) listening to live music in the great outdoors on beautiful Summer & Fall evenings.
Being in mainland Florida (Gulf coast) & the Keys, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, both on land and beneath the sea.
Diving and spearfishing at Fort Jefferson.
Riding out to sea & being with amazing dive buddies.
Seeing the incredible beauty and magnificent rainbows of the Azores Islands. And watching the sea change colors 5 times a day. From a deep indigo, to a light aqua/teal. Breathtaking.
(Would love to visit and take in New Zealand) a bucket list item, to be sure.
Riding horseys, with friends, etc.
Reading Trig’s SCM site, being introduced to some cool new music,
Get out gentile.
There is so much to be enjoyed!
January 18, 2021 @ 11:19 am
but i seem to recall you trying to get me to conduct research related to a conspiracy about a certain harvard professor and stolen biomaterial (i found actual disputing evidence immediately from our very own government) and you still insisted i wasn’t doing good enough research and should continue to do so to find “the truth”. also you wanted me to take a long, hard look at… disney world. for… some reason.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:54 pm
Ricky Scaggs deserves the honor, but I wouldn’t have taken it. Receiving the honor from Trump, especially after his attacks on our democracy, would forever tarnish the medal and the honor for me. I saw someone say Dolly Parton should receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she 100% should, but who wants to have to hold their nose while receiving an honor from a traitor? I do hope Biden will award it to her.
(as an aside Trigger, we do come together…to a point. I am happy to unify with people against the attacks. I’m not looking to appease the people who led the attacks, and who are only calling for “unity” after they lose power. To heal you first have to remove the tumor, or history has shown it comes back at you).
January 16, 2021 @ 3:58 pm
Also ftr I am not going to exercise my right as a consumer to not buy any more of Ricky Scaggs’ because of him accepting the medal. I also get wanting the medal. But every person gets to make that choice for themselves, just as Ricky made the choice for himself to accept the medal.
January 16, 2021 @ 5:02 pm
The people calling for unity are calling out the party that preached unity after they “won” the election but have gone against their word.
Good thing, we are not a democracy then. We are a republic.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 7:26 am
They “went against their word” when a bunch of fucking terrorists murdered a cop in an attempt to kidnap and assassinate our elected officials to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
Feel free to keep worshipping a fat sack of shit who lives on his daddy’s money and wears more makeup than Trixie Mattel as some paragon of masculinity, but actions have consequences.
(Reagan had a pretty great line about “personal responsibility” that you might want to look up.)
January 17, 2021 @ 7:55 am
And a bunch of terrorists murdered cops and burned down American cities for months. But those criminals were protected by the media and cast as heroes fighting for their rights.
For the national media, one regretful, tragic incident completely erases the chaos of the summer because their side were the fire-burners.
The double standards are dreadful. Don’t loot innocent businesses, burn down cities, attack the Capitol, and kill cops. But only one side are penalized for transgressions. That is the problem. Rules for thee, not for me.
Send the Reagan quote to the BLM rioters, too. It is a good one.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:11 am
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 9:31 am
…you honestly crack me up, hon.
You resort to *literal* whataboutism at the drop of a hat – I’m honestly not sure if you were bullied too much in middle school…or if you weren’t bullied enough.
For the record – I was equally pissed off at the white supremacists who murdered cops over the summer (and yes, the people who have been arrested for this summer’s cop killings HAVE all been white supremacists – everything else was random acts of violence by criminals stealing shit…and those criminals should absolutely be arrested and prosecuted).
I absolutely want unity and deescalation of partisan rancor. That doesn’t mean letting the terrorists and traitors who murdered a cop while trying to assassinate the VP and several members of Congress walk free.
Those aren’t conflicting statements – we didn’t need to pardon the Tsarnaev brothers or Timothy McVeigh or Isis or the Weathermen or Al Qaeda to unite against terrorism, either.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:36 am
Not sure why I’m commenting, since this person is clearly brainwashed into believing ‘the other side goes unpunished.’ The article is about Ricky Scaggs and his legacy… Asserting that he doesn’t deserve public backlash for accepting an award from a president. But apparently you missed that while jumping on the ‘I don’t really care’ bandwagon along with Toby Keith. If you can’t see the reality— that white nationalists, gun nuts, and even violent rioters one one ‘side’ went home free men on January 6th while black, brown and disabled poor Americans continue to get teargassed, ignored, and murdered in the street with no access to justice or consequences for the killers (who are sadly often police who swore to protect them; see 14th Amendment to the US Constitution)– then you are blind. Or perhaps willfully ignorant and stupid. ‘What about what the liberals… (Insert hateful rhetoric here) is not a platform. That’s what LOST the election. And YES, it was a legitimate loss. The Capitol riot was not a ‘coup’ or ‘insurrection’ in legal terms… But if we see a repeat on the 20th… Then it will be both of those things, and we will have lost our democratic republic, along with the opportunity and freedom so many fought and died for. God save this country, and it’s music.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 7:22 am
I think it was poor judgment, but not something worth depriving myself of Ricky Skaggs over.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:56 pm
Oh, good Lord… Ricky Skaggs deserves the honor, period. Toby Keith? I don’t see it. He’s commercially successful but he’s in no way the artist that Ricky Skaggs is.
I don’t believe that Trump incited anything that day. What happened was going to happen regardless of what he said and the second impeachment was simply a dog and pony show in a town known for such nonsense.
In closing, the cancel culture crowd isn’t (small d) democratic and they don’t believe in forgiveness or redemption – only retribution. Embracing them is futile because there’s no telling when they’ll turn on you, and they will turn on you.
January 16, 2021 @ 3:58 pm
I see my low regard for Rolling Stone has once again been fully justified.
January 16, 2021 @ 4:57 pm
If someone wants to be mad at Ricky Skaggs for participating in President Trump’s medallion ceremony during an impeachment proceeding, then be mad at him. And then forgive him. Because he’s Ricky Skaggs…
Well said and I agree. And actually, I might wish a little that he didn’t accept the award (like maybe hoping Trump’s reckless or worse endangerment of fellow evangelical Pence during the insurrection might have been the catalyst), but I’ve known for a long time that he has views that I sometimes find maddening. It started back in aughts when I saw him on CNN or Fox say about the Dixie Chicks that what they did would have been considered treason a 100 years ago or something. What?! And they had just a few years earlier collaborated with him on a song for a Bill Monroe tribute album (version of Walk Softly) and they said they were excited to work with him again. Harsh. And there’s a few other things here and there, but no need to describe all of them. But still, not only do I like his music, but I like HIM. The person that interacts with the audience on stage and who I have seen interviewed numerous times. The person who has (or at least had at one point) a close friendship with left leaning artist Rodney Crowell (they apparently would avoid politics when together). The person who must have posted about Tony Rice on Facebook around 10 times. And I really appreciated those posts. And his views are not unlike those of some family members and friends and I’m certainly not going to write THEM off over political differences. And lastly, he DOES deserve to be honored.
January 16, 2021 @ 5:03 pm
You said The Dixie Chicks. They are now The Chicks. How sexist of you. /s
Off to the gulag with you! AOC will be in contact.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 1:12 pm
You’re dissembling, sweetie.
If you’re desperate to try to “Burn” Jack for saying he still likes Skaggs, despite his occasionally acting like a bit of a tone-deaf jerk, you should call him racist for leaving in the “Dixie” part of their former name, not sexist.
These are *basic* “Bad Faith Trolling” principles, champ.
January 17, 2021 @ 1:29 pm
You’re crossing lines when it comes to the type rhetoric we need to be using towards other commenters. You can make your points without getting so severely personal. I appreciate it.
(P.S. – His comment was edited)
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 1:38 pm
Ah, fair enough – you should probably delete the latest “colorful” reference to how CountryKnight shows white supremacists and Nazis his deep, deep devotion, in a way that no man or woman has ever reciprocated.
(Uh, I mean, CENSORSHIP!!!! Asking me to adhere to your site’s T&C is worse than murdering cops!!!!!)
mouths of babes
January 16, 2021 @ 5:23 pm
Trump is a double agent. He will go down as the greatest liberal of all time, sacrificing everything to bring about change. He is not the hero that Democrats want; he is the hero they deserve.
January 16, 2021 @ 5:24 pm
Ricky Skaggs, is not going to be hurt, having graciously accepted this award.
Ricky’s fan base are of the, One Nation Under God, population, here in the U.S., and discriminating peoples around the globe.
Ricky is a fine human being, a gentleman.
A strong man of Faith.
An excellent musician.
Congratulations Ricky, well done.
mouths of babes
January 17, 2021 @ 5:33 am
Your punctuation is out of control.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:21 am
Feel free to correct it
January 16, 2021 @ 5:50 pm
Oh, so you are a lying liberal tool? Or just a sheep?
January 16, 2021 @ 9:06 pm
The fact that someone could read this article that explains in detail why Ricky Skaggs deserves the National Medal of Arts, diagrams how the media mislead the public both about the nature of the Medal ceremony, and who was there to push a false narrative, and then goes on to admonish cancel culture and specifically how it’s interfacing with Ricky Skaggs, and still take away that this article is liberal propaganda is the very reason the United States is on the brink of cultural collapse. People will dig through reams of data disproving the prognosis they want to come to for the comfort of validation in their ultimate conclusion.
I hold no political affiliation aside from believing politics is a scourge. I also believe all violence is bad.
January 16, 2021 @ 6:12 pm
Did they each get 30 pieces of silver or did they have to share?
David Allan Covid-19
January 16, 2021 @ 6:20 pm
Conservatives whine a lot about cancel culture. Didn’t they invent it with their cancelling of the Dixie Chicks?
January 16, 2021 @ 6:28 pm
That handle is the best one I have seen in a long time.
January 17, 2021 @ 12:45 pm
Made me chuckle.
January 16, 2021 @ 7:09 pm
By the same token, liberals thought it was the worst thing ever back in March-April ’03, and now they think it’s just AWESOME.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:51 pm
I don’t know….country music fans maybhave…but not all of conservative America…During that time it was ok to love your country….the only people upset with Toby were the dix??? And Trigger who apparently is afraid kfcwho he is….
January 16, 2021 @ 6:35 pm
Let’s keep our heads here. Nobody is going to cancel Ricky Freakin’ Skaggs. And the people that want to cancel him — they’re not fans who have ever paid a goddamn dime to see him, or have ever even heard of him. He’ll be just fine.
January 16, 2021 @ 7:02 pm
Unfortunately, we no longer live in the a United States, but the States of Babies! Had Trump gave the Stupid Metal to Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, or some other Singer besides a Bluegrass/Gospel Singer would this be a topic? Can’t people just say, Congratulations Ricky Skaggs, you deserve!!! People, in case you haven’t realized, it’s the 16th…4 more days until a New President will be in office! You know what’s gonna change from the last 4 years….not a damn thing, but a New President for 4 more years!!!!
January 17, 2021 @ 9:14 am
I am pretty confident none of the people you named would have shown up for the ceremony.
January 18, 2021 @ 4:32 pm
I’m sure old joe will have them over for an extended hair sniffing session.
January 16, 2021 @ 7:24 pm
Very disappointed in you falling for the false narrative Trig. The truth about everything is about to come out. Grab your popcorn.
January 16, 2021 @ 9:09 pm
I thought the Kraken was already unleashed? How many dates have to pass before folks succumb to reality?
January 16, 2021 @ 7:39 pm
Ricky sucks, long live Toby.
I wish neither of them had gone to the Whitehouse, but Toby Keith makes music that is a million times better than Ricky Skaggs, and I say this as someone who really likes bluegrass.
January 16, 2021 @ 7:55 pm
In what way does Ricky suck?
Don’t just be a minion.
Back your statement with facts.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:15 pm
He’s just bland and boring. His singing is expressionless, he picks dull and meaningless songs to sing. The only reason to go see him is to hear Andy Leftwich play the fiddle. I also hate Ricky’s pose as the “patriarch” of bluegrass. What did he ever do to earn that? If there’s a living musician who deserves that status its Del McCoury or Larry Sparks. The guy just grates on my nerves.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:34 pm
It’s ok that you do not care for someone’s style.
To say Ricky sucks is a bit harsh.
That you like Del McCoury/Larry Sparks, is great.
Not sure that Ricky poses as the patriarch of bluegrass.
He just happens to be an exceptional musician.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:36 pm
Why would he have not accepted the award it had nothing to do with politics.
January 16, 2021 @ 8:37 pm
Ricky Skaggs is an incredibly talented and gifted man. He’s chosen (by committee)to receive an award, presented by the President. Yet on a site titled”Saving County Music” I’m intreated to someones opinion of what THEY would have done! Complete Rubbish!
January 16, 2021 @ 8:48 pm
I have no opinion of what Ricky Skaggs should or shouldn’t have done. The only opinion I have shared is that Ricky Skaggs deserved the award, and doesn’t deserve to be cancelled, or have his reputation sullied by accepting it, which appears to be your opinion as well.
I also pointed out the glaringly obvious fact that accepting the award within the current political climate would have resulted in a public relations nightmare, which it did. And that the reasons some believe Skaggs should have rejected the award are legitimate, even if you or myself don’t believe they should be relevant to this case.
January 16, 2021 @ 11:43 pm
My main question is how does Delta Don even know who Ricky Skaggs is? I find it doubtful that he spends much time listening to any music, let alone Ricky Skaggs. Is there some kind of nominating committee? Do we FOIA this?
January 16, 2021 @ 11:48 pm
I love country music, it is very down to earth the meaning of any country song has something to do with people, country or anything else you may think of. God Bless them all. Thank you
January 17, 2021 @ 1:53 am
“When …… announced on Twitter, “Trump is … in the Oval Office awarding the National Medal of Arts to singers Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs, minutes after becoming the first president ever impeached twice,” it inexorably linked country music to the event, and forever.”
Sorry, I think you have a tad of a tendency to overdramatize the impact of what YOU happen to be focused on.
Skaggs’ and Toby’s acceptance of the Medal of Arts after the impeachment was barely noticed by most news viewers and has a barely tenuous connection to the event. It’s wasn’t like they were the “My Pillow” Guy, not just visiting with Trump, but actively participating in and egging on his craziness. The “link” between their award and the rioting will barely be remembered.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:07 am
Sure, since my occupation is country music, my perspective will run through that filter. But make no mistake about it, there were dozens of articles published about this, and the news without context went viral on social media, and yes, it has been harmful to country music in the eyes of many. Here’s a comment I received on Twitter just this morning:
“Soundtrack of destroying America. I am disgusted as hell about country music literally being the exact opposite of what they say they stand for. They are now the fuck God and country and sure as hell not three chords and the truth. I hope they crash hard. I feel so betrayed.”
January 17, 2021 @ 6:49 am
Anything, including this ‘honor’… and definitely anything Trump gave away (like the embarrassing Rush Limbaugh presentation), have all but canceled any true meaning in such “awards”.
January 17, 2021 @ 7:50 am
There is that. And his two long time House toadies, too.
January 17, 2021 @ 1:57 pm
If anything shows that these medals need not come from a committee it is the fact that Limbaugh got one.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:06 am
Ummm. What is Triggers issue with Toby Keith? Jingoistic? Craving attention? Im not sure what country music hes listened to over the years but did he miss the entire outlaw movement? They kinda sought to shock and enjoyed the attention for it. Ever see David Allen Coe? Did he miss Merkle taking about “tgey love our milk and honey”? Trigger is good at finding some lesser known talents. But he, and they often forget or try to deny that country is the story telling of history in America. Including times of war, strife.
If “you’ll get a boot in your ass…” after watching planes take out the world towers, is offensive to you. Then perhaps it is YOU who need to figure out why, its not an artist(Keith) job to hold your delicate hand.
For those who forgot. It was Keith who the Dixie Chicks attacked. Therefore it was Keith who deserves credit for exposing tgem for what they were. Talented women who saw country as an easier barrier to entry than pop, but for who the rednecks, country boys, blue dollar folks were offensive. Like Taylor Swift, except Maine’s can actually sing.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:29 am
I thought I made a very balanced, and fair case of why Toby Keith should be considered for the National Medal of Arts. I explained in detail how he was the biggest artist in country in the aughts, how he had both hits and quality songs beyond his more polarizing material. In my personal opinion, there are probably artists that deserve that distinction before Toby Keith, but I also would not say it’s either a stretch or unfair to give it to him. If you’re a Toby Keith fan, you have to recognize he is a polarizing character, even if you think that’s unfair. There are many people who don’t like Toby Keith, just like there are many that don’t like the Dixie Chicks. I’m simply laying out pros and cons.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 2:38 pm
I like Keith AND the Chicks!
I’m a bit surprised that Keith went for it – he’s usually more savvy…but it also plays into his general brand of “I respect the office, no matter who holds it.”
January 17, 2021 @ 8:24 am
Ricky Skaggs should have had the Trump Circus clowns pop over to the UPS store, and box that award up, and have it on his doorstep in a day or two, not glad-hand with a comic-book supervillain.(Pantone #ff5800) This is not a difficult decision, I’d love to have a gold record on my wall, but I’d rather not have a photo of Jeffrey Dahmer handing it to me.
Toby is somewhat a different case, he’s always identified with Trumpism, even 20 years before Trump gave it its name. He tied his boat to the white nationalist pier years ago, and his credibility was discarded like a Sunday morning red Solo cup.
Trumpism is bad, mmm-kay. Really, really bad. There is no good that can come with glossing over it, or granting blanket amnesty to its devout adherents. We did that after the civil rights movement, just forgave and forgot, and look at the results. Riots in the 60’s simply led to riots in the teens. Facts are facts, and they never required white nationalist belief, approval, permission or even comprehension. Reality and responsibility visit us all, no matter how deeply we “believe” they won’t (or shouldn’t). Ricky Skaggs is an American treasure, this is not the issue. Donald Trump and his cult are the absolute LAST group I would accept any “award” from. This action puts Mr. Skaggs in the company of noted yapping lapdogs like Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes, propagandist Rush Limbaugh, and accomplished mega-billionaire-donor’s wife, Miriam Adelson. WHAT it is shouldn’t be embarrassing, per se, but it SHOULD be noted from whence it came. Mr. Skaggs reputation as an artist will stand long after Trump’s demise, but this opportunity to do the right thing was wasted.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:59 am
Ricky did the right thing.
January 17, 2021 @ 9:48 am
Not sure why I’m commenting, since several people are clearly brainwashed into believing ‘the other side goes unpunished.’ There’s no reasoning with these folks. The article is about Ricky Scaggs and his legacy… Asserting that he doesn’t deserve public backlash for accepting an award from a president. But apparently several Trump lovers missed that while jumping on the ‘I don’t really care’ bandwagon along with Toby Keith. If they can’t see the reality— that white nationalists, gun-toting conspiracy nuts, and even purposefully violent rioters on one ‘side’ went home free men/women on January 6th while black, brown and disabled poor Americans continue to get teargassed, ignored, and murdered in the street with no access to justice or consequences for the killers (who are sadly often police who swore to protect them; see 14th Amendment to the US Constitution)– then they are blind. Or perhaps willfully ignorant and stupid. ‘What about what the liberals… (Insert hateful rhetoric here) is not a platform. That’s what LOST the election. And YES, it was a legitimate loss. The Capitol riot was not a ‘coup’ or ‘insurrection’ in legal terms… But if we see a repeat on the 20th… Then it will be both of those things, and we will have lost our democratic republic, along with the opportunity and freedom so many fought and died for. God save this country, and it’s music.
January 17, 2021 @ 8:57 am
I live in Rome, close to mastepieces by Michelangelo or Raffaello and the likes, those masters were sponsored and paid by the most corrupted, less democratic motherfu@*#rs in history.
Does this make them any less worthy of praise for their art?
January 17, 2021 @ 9:08 am
Exactly… A very willfully ignorant, if not outright stupid, crowd. At least 100 of them are facing hard time, yet I’m willing to bet they won’t get one of the pardons the outgoing Trump handed out like candy to his wealthier convicted buddies. The article was spot-on. But let’s be real–Country music, and art in general, isn’t exactly a non-partisan or apolitical endeavor. Just look at the heat Tim McGraw (a moderate if not liberal-leaning country star) is taking for the timing of his recent ‘unity-focused’ release; it was pretty tone-deaf if not trite. If the lockdowns are ever lifted, Jason Aldean is gonna have a harder time selling tickets too… As much as I love his music & respect his family-man lifestyle, it was embarrassing to read the politically inept fan-girling for Trump rioters from his wife. She repeatedly made poor choices on social media. (Insert blonde joke here. Sorry not sorry.)
January 17, 2021 @ 2:06 pm
You judge a man by what he says or does himself, not by the actions of his wife or children. And if you do, you’re a pathetic excuse for a human being.
And all that newfound ‘patriotism’ of the left, where is that coming from? I didn’t see any of it these past years, when they talked down all things American.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 2:58 pm
…it’s always been there.
Loving America and its democracy isn’t the same thing as loving everything the government does.
For example: When the president sends a mob to lynch the VP, in order to overthrow a free and fair election, and the terrorists he incited beat a cop to death, “Patriotism” means holding those traitors accountable.
January 17, 2021 @ 3:53 pm
Thanks Cool Lester Smooth… You get it; the previous commenter missed my entire point because he assumed incorrectly I must be a ‘liberal.’ It’s not my job to judge anyone, that role is reserved for God. But judgments toward me as a ‘pathetic human being’ simply because I expressed an opinion reveals his own partisan bias, which was the entire problem in this discussion. That guy’s got some balls (but no class) talking to a stranger like that. A stranger who happens to come from an old-school Republican Presidential family. At no point did I claim allegiance to any political party, I simply said the Aldeans and others with ‘celebrity’ influence have to take personal responsibility for their public comments. I believe all Americans owe their allegiance to the Constitution and to the God of their understanding rather than any demagogue, partisanship be damned, and that’s the attitude that separates the TRUE patriots from domestic terrorists. At this point I’ll take the high road (like Skaggs did when TMZ tried to trick him into gay-hating his fellow country artists). We’re Americans, and many of us are Christians; let’s start acting like it. God Bless y’all & have a pleasant day. Peace.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 17, 2021 @ 7:27 pm
Seriously – opposing treason and cop-killing makes you about as “liberal” as Liz Cheney.
It’s a question of integrity, faith, honor, and patriotism…and the folks replying to you are desperate to prove how willing they are to sacrifice any and all of those supposed principles on the altar of power, for its own sake.
January 18, 2021 @ 8:36 am
On the topic of integrity and honour: Are you ever going to post something that isn’t just CNN talking points?
Cool Lester Smooth
January 18, 2021 @ 12:03 pm
A) I don’t watch cable news.
B) What “talking points” are you referring to, buttercup?
Stuff like “The Nazis who beat a police officer to death while trying to assassinate the VP, and other political leaders, because they lost an election should be arrested. The feckless would-be fascists who incited them should be removed from office and charged” doesn’t place me any left of Liz Cheney or Ben Sasse or Mitch McConnell.
This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s literally “Rule of Law and The Constitution” verse “Cop-killing Nazi traitors who cry when they can’t get all-organic food in jail.”
January 18, 2021 @ 4:24 pm
You’re jake tapper, aren’t you?
You democrats are even more miserable now you’ve gotten your man in the White House.
And you know the DOJ has walked back the claim that they wanted to assassinate politicians, but you keep repeating it because well, that’s what people like you do. And these nazi and fascist comparisons are getting really boring, you obviously haven’t got a clue what fascism is.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 19, 2021 @ 5:10 am
…what do you mean Nazi “comparisons,” sweetie?
The Capitol was full of people wearing “6MWE” and “Camp Auschwitz Staff” shirts.
I know the concepts of honor and intellectual integrity are a bit foreign to your ilk, but I’d respect you just a little bit more if you were honest about how proud you are to stand alongside Nazis, against the elected government of the United States.
Or if you didn’t try to play dumb about the fact that there was a gallows set up outside the Capitol, folks were chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” and several of the terrorists had flexcuffs and firearms.
Only thing worse than Nazis are quislings and collaborators who plead ignorance.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 19, 2021 @ 9:44 am
Holy shit, snowflake!
Did you seriously try to pull the “fight me in person!” card, because I call Nazis Nazis, and bootlicking quislings the same?
You’ve definitely written more than one Reddit treatise on how biased “The Sexual Economy” is.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:50 am
Any further comments on this thread will be deleted. Understand that personal threats can hold myself and this website personally liable. You are disrespecting this website. Final warning.
January 18, 2021 @ 9:02 am
Sorry if I offended you, but why bring Aldean’s wife up? This isn’t Saving Country Music Wives. I don’t care about either party, however I thoroughly despise the identity politics of the democrats and the globalism that screws over Americans and people all over the world. Trump had some good ideas, but made it all about himself and kept surrounding himself with backstabbing rinos, or ‘principled’ conservatives as they call themselves. People like Romney, haley and cheney that crawl on all fours so they can join the democrats at the childrens table. All that grovelling and the democrats still hate you.
You say I have no class, fine, I’d rather have balls anyway.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 19, 2021 @ 5:22 am
Liz Cheney doesn’t give a flying fuck about what Democrats think.
She just doesn’t feel the need to make excuses for Nazis and traitors who try to lynch the VP in an armed insurrection, because they lack the balls to accept getting walloped in a free and fair election.
If you want to see groveling, check the Grahams and Cruzes and Hawleys and McCarthys of the world, who have abandoned all pretense of principles, due to their terror of Trump’s base dashing their political aspirations.
At least the Nazis and white supremacists whose boots you so aggressively tongue-polish have an ethos beyond “I want power because I deserve power because I want power.”
January 17, 2021 @ 10:53 am
“When NBC White House corespondent Peter Alexander announced on Twitter, “Trump is currently in the Oval Office awarding the National Medal of Arts to singers Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs, minutes after becoming the first president ever impeached twice,” it inexorably linked country music to the event, and forever.”
We’re seriously worried what NBC correspondent Peter Alexander has to say?
You shouldn’t be either.
Let’s celebrate country music.
Let’s celebrate Ricky, Toby, Jinks, Corb, Scotty Southworth, Ms. Sierra Ferrell (go get ’em Sierra!), Ray, Wylie Hubbard, Jessi Colter, on and on.
January 17, 2021 @ 11:27 am
I care about about what the press says about country music, especially when they present false information or false narratives as they did in this instance. If you don’t care about it, don’t read it. But Saving Country Music is my platform, and my bullhorn to challenge misinformation, and I will use it accordingly.
“Let’s celebrate country music.”
If you read this article any took anything away from it that is less than a full-throated celebration of the legacy of Ricky Skaggs, it was filtered through such a severe bias, distracted by dog whistles.
January 17, 2021 @ 11:38 am
Severe biases are evident throughout this thread.
And they are not coming from me.
I always respect that this is your site.
Pushback is inevitable.
You are writing in real time, expect discussion(s) to follow.
Discussion is good
January 18, 2021 @ 9:05 am
January 18, 2021 @ 9:36 am
Loving & gentle.
January 17, 2021 @ 3:45 pm
One thing is for sure, to me at least anyway….this is only going to continue and get worse. The people who’ve been “resisting” and injecting their activism into country music, along with “false information and false narratives” aren’t going to stop needing clicks or needing to satisfy their “resistor” identities all of a sudden. Despite having their aligned political parties in office, in conjunction with corporate America and the tech company alignment, they’re not going to be satisfied with anything short of complete ideological submission. What happened to you recently, re attempted cancellation, isn’t going to be an uncommon occurrence, I’m afraid. I’d love to be wrong.
January 17, 2021 @ 10:59 am
I don’t think a country music magazine needs to be pushing a political narrative. And not as opinion of the writer, but as absolute truth. These men, along with the others, deserve their rewards. And it’s an honor to receive it from the President. Those who framed it the way they did will always portray us as ignorant rebel rednecks holding onto Gd and guns. Put your big pants on and spare us these kinds of pc articles. Country music and its artists and stars did not riot in DC. And this impeachment over 1 riot is being done by people who actively and publicly encouraged riots across the US that were more rebellious and caused much more damage to more people.
January 17, 2021 @ 11:34 am
It is not possible to read this article with anything resembling anything even close to an objective perspective and take it as anything else but a strongly-worded rebuke of the way the medallion ceremony was covered by the press, and vehement support for the legacy of Ricky Skaggs and the National Medal of Arts he was awarded. Setting an honest context of why some are angry he participated in the ceremony is now sowing a political narrative as absolute truth, it is being objective, which apparently is so foreign to the modern media consumer at the moment, can result in a comment like this posted on an article titled, “Ricky Skaggs Deserves the National Medal of Arts, Not Cancellation.”
John R Baker
January 17, 2021 @ 11:22 am
So while I have seen a few snarky remarks I have not seen any actual cancellation. attempts.
Has anyone else? Most of what I have seen seems to reflect more how widely respected he is. Some people just sound a bit disappointed that he went through with it under the circumstances.
January 18, 2021 @ 3:46 pm
Ed Easy (No Depression) canceled him on FB, then backtracked a little using quotes from Trig’s article. But, the comments were full of people saying they will never listen to Skaggs again.
January 18, 2021 @ 6:40 pm
I didn’t even know that guy was still around, and by the looks of his Facebook traction, not by much. Always thought he was a whiner, but hey, at least he hasn’t caved, and is still sharing SCM.
January 17, 2021 @ 1:58 pm
Simply put, both are great artists that have made a great impact and are deserving, regardless of the narrative.
January 17, 2021 @ 2:54 pm
I lost all respect for Ricky Skaggs a few years ago when I saw him live. He stood on stage and quoted scripture, but was THE rudest celebrity I have ever had an encounter with. His band was very friendly, but he was arrogant, rude, hateful and nasty.
January 18, 2021 @ 4:57 am
If there is one thing everyone needs to learn, it is to get your news from news articles on news sites or news networks. The line between news and opinion is very blurred these days, but accurate, relatively unbiased journalism still exists. Seek it out.
January 18, 2021 @ 8:41 am
You can’t be just a musician in today’s society, Trig. Everything is a political stance and if you try to be apolitical, you are gonna get accused of hiding your true colors. It’s rapibly becoming a norm that musicians and performers wear their political stance clearly visible so people won’t get tricked into supporting the wrong cause. That’s what amtters to modern audiences, not the music.
January 18, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
Hallelujah. Garth Brooks is coming to the rescue. He is to perform at the inauguration. Way to go, Joe. Get the biggest country star of them all. Trump that.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:43 am
Well, he was asked to by DOCTOR jill biden.
January 20, 2021 @ 11:02 am
There are many people who are fully entitled to use the title Doctor. Medical doctors usually have M.D. after their name. Stands for medical doctor in case you do not know.
January 20, 2021 @ 11:24 am
Top ‘o The Day To You Paddy,
Steven knows that M.D. stands for Medical Doctor.
Let me break this down.
B.S. – Bullshit
M.S – More Shit
Ph.D – Piled Higher and Deeper
What some “formally educated” people laugh at.
So as to not take selves too seriously.
Ed.D – Jill Biden has her Doctorate in “Education”
January 20, 2021 @ 12:18 pm
Hey Di. Did you watch Garth? He was good, I thought. As was GaGa. At least she did not try to strangle the song. Saw her perform at a NFL game some time back. She was good then too. I was a funny sort of inauguration as everybody seemed to want to chit-chat with Obama.
January 20, 2021 @ 1:05 pm
Cool that GaGa was good.
Cool that you were able to see her at an NFL game, as well.
She seems like a nice person.
Donna M Shepler
January 18, 2021 @ 3:18 pm
These fine artists deserve this award ; it isnt about Politics at all — it is just an Award for fabulous music in America — some thing that is still good and clean, Beautiful Country music – I am so very proud of Toby Keith and I say Thank you Mr. President no matter what other say ! And PS — I dont like Garth Brooks – he stinks !
January 19, 2021 @ 8:27 am
A few points:
1. I agree with what Trigger originally wrote and has had to repeat over and over. That Ricky Scaggs deserved the award, the timing was a result of unforeseen circumstances, and that Ricky Scaggs deserved the award!
2. To call the Insurrection a one-time riot is a joke! This was an attempt to destroy democracy which was incited for months (years?) by the President and his pals. They intended to hang the Vice President for NOT doing more than he can do constitutionally and kill duly elected representatives of our government – all in the name of lies that the President still refuses to back down from.
3. You can blame MSM all you want (funny that Rolling Stone is now considered main stream media) but why is it that the President’s followers boast about Fox News getting by far the highest ratings while not including it as MSM? The President referring to media outlets that criticize him as the “enemy of the people” is a further attack on our freedoms and democracy.
4. This President pushed what were called “alternate facts” by his supporters well before his election, an election he won but still called rigged. He whined about primaries being rigged whether he won or not. When will he be accepted for what he is – a draft dodging tax avoiding failed businessman Putin puppet who rode a reality tv show to bring out the worst in people all in the name of giving him absolute power.
January 19, 2021 @ 10:14 am
Give it time.
Not a lot of pro-Nixon folk around anymore eventhough there should be a lot of those voted for him still around.
January 19, 2021 @ 8:49 am
if the number of likes a comment gets is any indication, this comment section shows that country music does have a racism problem.
January 19, 2021 @ 7:35 pm
Garth Brooks performing at Joe Biden party.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:55 pm
Wow but you have some absolute f’ in Nazis on this site Trigger. This gives Country Misic a black eye. You Nazi trash and your President are going down.
January 19, 2021 @ 9:57 pm
You should probably also do some cleaning up of this site so that you don’t drive the non-Nazis away,
January 20, 2021 @ 3:51 pm
Which one are you then?
January 20, 2021 @ 1:53 am
All of this hate and no one mentioned the corruption from Biden, Obama, Clinton and a majority of the Dems. Can’t we all just get along? The best thing that could happen for this country is get rid of political partys. They are representing Americans not Republican or Democratic. It would be a totally different country but they wouldn’t want that, thats why they constantly stir up racism.
January 20, 2021 @ 10:56 am
And he performed admirably. So what is your problem with that.
Scott in KY
April 27, 2021 @ 1:11 pm
How do you think this piece looks in light of the more recent things Skaggs has said? I know hindsight is the only 20/20 vision and all but maybe this January thing could have have been a portent of how messed up, how caught up in cult-like behavior, RS has gotten lately. I don’t know how I can reconcile my appreciation of the man’s immense and varied musical talents with the knowledge that he thinks without evidence that those who disagree with him politically are involved in pedophilia and child sacrifice. We are all entitled to our own opinions but accusations of fact like that demand evidence. His recent wild, baseless, and hurtful accusations, all made while cloaking himself in the righteousness of God, tarnish my opinion of him beyond my ability to appreciate his musical talent outside of who he is as a person. It even makes me wonder about the soundness of the particular faith about which he is so vocal.
February 13, 2022 @ 11:58 pm
I dont know why you have to slag off Toby Keith as an inferior artist to Skaggs. Toby Keith is a truly great singer and songwriter. His accomplishments as a songwriter are pretty amazing in the variety and depth of his songs. The only thing Skaggs does better is play mandolin
May 2, 2022 @ 9:29 am
When I saw an interview with Ricky where he clearly demonstrated that he was “all in” on this Q-Anon garbage, he went from my bucket list of performers to see live to never in a million years. If you, like me, believe that music springs from the spirit, his spirit has been misled and corrupted (in spite of or due to his best intentions).