Congrats to BLACKBERRY SMOKE for being NRA Country™ Artists
Finally! The NRA, Blackberry Smoke, and Earache Records are together at last.
The National Rifle Association, for those unfamiliar, is a powerful gun manufacturer lobby that allows civilians to donate dollars in exchange for cool truck stickers. With bottomless pits of money and a rabidly engaged fanbase of self-proclaimed patriots, the NRA have successfully redefined the word “Liberty” to effectively mean “Gun-ownership” in the United States. If you’ve ever wondered why politicians refuse to address gun laws despite ever-growing piles of dead children, you can thank the NRA.
Did you know that the NRA works directly with a big list of country music artists? I didn’t either until, for absolutely no reason at all, I decided to learn a little more about the NRA today. Please friends, I implore you, click this link to check out the NRA Country roster. I’m not a huge fan of modern country music so the experience of seeing these homogenous names and faces of country music stars is completely alien and throughly unsettling.
Amid the collection of interchangeable gun humping country stars like Liberty Hollowpointe, Kek Peckerwood, and that asshole from Staind, I couldn’t help but notice a familiar name. Though they may be new to you, as a metal fan you should surely be aware of Blackberry Smoke.
I first learned of Blackberry Smoke exactly three years ago with 365 Days of Horror’s highly informative introduction to the band. These middle aged rockers are the star attraction of Earache Records. Earache, once a pioneer of cutting edge death metal and grindcore albums, has spent the last few years invested in reissues of defunct extreme metal bands and, for some reason, Blackberry Smoke.
Blackberry Smoke have proudly taken up the mantle of country music and unapologetic gun ownership through their collaboration with NRA Country. Liberty-hating snowflakes may find the concept of “NRA Country” to be slightly distasteful in light of the rifle-powered massacre that took place at a country music festival in Las Vegas just a few months back, but the NRA is clearly not worried about your sensitive feelings.
According to their mission statement, “NRA Country is a celebration of American values. Respect. Honor. Freedom. It’s a lifestyle and a bond between the best and brightest in country music and hard-working Americans. NRA Country is powered by pride, love of country, respect for the military, and our responsibility to protect our great American lifestyle. NRA Country celebrates these values with concerts and events benefiting military and veteran services organizations, first responders, conservation organizations, firearm safety programs, and local charities making a difference in their communities. NRA Country will be involved in causes that defend our values and it will empower our artist friends who promote these values to encourage our next generation of leaders.” It makes me proud that NRA Country is empowering these future leaders and ensuring the 2nd Amendment rights of every American – even, for example, bass players accused of felony stalking charges.
So congrats to Blackberry Smoke for their coveted NRA Country endorsement. And an even bigger congratulations to Earache Records for helping the band get there. It is a tremendous honor to be embraced by an organization that is committed to ensuring that every American citizen can easily purchase a firearm without pesky regulations or annoying paperwork. Because the band firmly stands for Constitutional values, I’m sure they would be thrilled if fans started attending Blackberry Smoke concerts with their legally-obtained firearms.
If they don’t let you in, they must hate liberty.