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(11,294 posts)
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 02:38 PM Feb 2024

Country Singers Who Lean to the Left

While country is traditionally thought of as a conservative genre of music, there are a surprising amount of liberals in country music. Liberal country singers vary greatly on the political spectrum in terms of how far left they lean. Some famous country singers who are Democrats donate money to politicians. Other iconic country musicians go as far as to support liberal causes within their own lyrics. In fact, a few more democratic country singers have even alienated fans because of their political commentary.


It is of my opinion that Dolly Parton should have been on this list.

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Country Singers Who Lean to the Left (Original Post) ItsjustMe Feb 2024 OP
Good list Mad_Machine76 Feb 2024 #1
Looks to me like a list of country singers who lean toward kindness and compassion. n/t Mister Ed Feb 2024 #2
Bingo!!! Exactly right. EarnestPutz Feb 2024 #31
Dolly definitely a Dem--even if she tries to be apolitical as a performer. hlthe2b Feb 2024 #3
Dolly may pretend to be apolitical... TSExile Feb 2024 #14
They remember the positive effects of FDRs WPA and TVA ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #28
I knew Steve Earle leaned Left. I saw his "Revolution Starts Now Tour" just a few months after bush beat Kerry in 2004. Silent Type Feb 2024 #4
he used to have a show on air america. mopinko Feb 2024 #10
Robert Earl Keen is another one n/t gay texan Feb 2024 #5
Old Crow Medicine Show barbaraann Feb 2024 #6
Martina McBride should be on the list obamanut2012 Feb 2024 #7
Sturgill Simpson as well.... berksdem Feb 2024 #8
Eric church should be on there bedazzled Feb 2024 #9
Hey MAGA'S William769 Feb 2024 #11
Hypocrisy C0RI0LANUS Feb 2024 #12
Beyonce? Homoudont Feb 2024 #13
Has anyone mentioned The (Dixie) Chicks yet? TSExile Feb 2024 #15
Yep, they're listed. DinahMoeHum Feb 2024 #26
Jason Isbell Sugarcoated Feb 2024 #16
From what I have read.. mvd Feb 2024 #18
I would add Beausoleil Feb 2024 #17
Though I think he retired, area51 Feb 2024 #19
Loretta Lynn Mountainguy Feb 2024 #20
LOVE that song!! BUT... TSExile Feb 2024 #21
hmmm Mountainguy Feb 2024 #23
I know! TSExile Feb 2024 #25
This is why people think country is all MAGA ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #29
But she was pretty damned old by then, yes ? DemocraticPatriot Feb 2024 #32
Loretta Lynn Is on this list (20 Liberal Country Singers) ItsjustMe Feb 2024 #33
AND a supporter of George H.W. Bush. no_hypocrisy Feb 2024 #35
Brad Paisley videohead5 Feb 2024 #22
Garth AND Trisha brettdale Feb 2024 #24
This song by Garth Brooks is what I have always BlueKota Feb 2024 #27
This one by Brooks too BlueKota Feb 2024 #30
Willie Nelson Texasgal Feb 2024 #34
Cash was a mixed bag Ex Lurker Feb 2024 #36


(24,474 posts)
1. Good list
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 02:42 PM
Feb 2024

I like all of the ones I know about even though I'm not a huge country music fan. Just one question, is Sheryl Crow now considered "country-music"?


(2,674 posts)
14. Dolly may pretend to be apolitical...
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:26 PM
Feb 2024

...but her sister Stella (a singer/songwriter in her own right) is pretty vocal about her own Democratic views.

Silent Type

(3,194 posts)
4. I knew Steve Earle leaned Left. I saw his "Revolution Starts Now Tour" just a few months after bush beat Kerry in 2004.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 03:06 PM
Feb 2024

Earle invited the Socialist Party to set up a booth and encourage audience to sign up.


(510 posts)
12. Hypocrisy
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 04:45 PM
Feb 2024

Incredibly, the late Trump-loving Kenny Rogers had a hit with an anti-war song in the late 1960s: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition).

Extract: “Ruby, don’t take your love to town It wasn’t me that started that old crazy Asian war But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore And yes, it’s true that I’m not the man I used to be Oh, Ruby, I still need some company.”

The lyricist claims the song was about a crippled WWII veteran whose wife is going to town to have fun, but who in the 1940s referred to the Pacific Campaign against Imperial Japan as an "old crazy Asian war'?

And in 1969 conservative Glen Campbell (terrific voice) had a hit with the terrific anti-Viet Nam war song "Galveston."

Extract: “Galveston, I am so afraid of dying / Before I dry the tears she’s crying.”


(2,674 posts)
15. Has anyone mentioned The (Dixie) Chicks yet?
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:28 PM
Feb 2024

Would Taylor Swift count, even though she's technically not country anymore?


(7,742 posts)
16. Jason Isbell
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:27 PM
Feb 2024

Trisha Yearwood
Lucinda Williams
Dolly Parton
Buddy Miller
Marren Morris

These artists, IMO aren't maga and/or conservative, going by their music and public statements:

Vince Gill
Kasey Musgrave
Little Big Town
Rodney Crowell
Miranda Lambert
Darrell Scott
Chris Thiele/Nickel Creek/The Punch Brothers
Sarah Jarosz
Sara and Sean Watkins


(65,191 posts)
18. From what I have read..
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:59 PM
Feb 2024

I have always thought of Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and from the article Reba McEntire as Republicans. But great if they aren’t in the Trump wing.


(2,884 posts)
17. I would add
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:44 PM
Feb 2024

Margo Price
Billy Strings
Drive-by Truckers
Shovels & Rope
Sierra Ferrell
Amanda Shires
Allison Russell


(1,376 posts)
29. This is why people think country is all MAGA
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:23 PM
Feb 2024

I recognized two of those names on the OP story and a few of the others mentioned in comments.


(4,576 posts)
32. But she was pretty damned old by then, yes ?
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:48 PM
Feb 2024

LOTS of people were seduced by Trump.... particularly older people.

Whatever good she had done in her younger years,
I am not going to completely cancel it out just because she backed Trump as an old lady...

My favorite Loretta Lynn song, as portrayed by Sissy Spacek in 'Coal Miner's Daughter'

(Interestingly, I was not a fan nor even knew much of Loretta Lynn, other than the name,
before seeing that movie-- which was ACCIDENTALLY recorded by my VCR,
after the movie which I was actually trying to record...
the movie was near 20 years old when that happened,
but I was none-the-less enlightened....

Now I also enjoy Patsy Cline and of COURSE, Johnny Cash,
even though I am more of a rocker, I still recall hearing
"My name is SUE--- HOW DO YOU DO??" as a small child,
since that song was a crossover into 'popular' AM radio....


(1,939 posts)
27. This song by Garth Brooks is what I have always
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:15 PM
Feb 2024

hoped for this country. [link:

?si=qlidLueXPVPNTHys|Not surprised to see he and Trisha on this list!

Ex Lurker

(3,821 posts)
36. Cash was a mixed bag
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 08:57 PM
Feb 2024

He supported some progressive causes but he also bought into the Confederate mythology in a big way. This is one of his songs

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