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.
So, who are these famous country stars who are Democrats? Faith Hill donated a sizable sum of money to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and her husband, Tim McGraw, also supported Obama. Willie Nelson is a longtime advocate for legalizing marijuana and the Dixie Chicks caused a mini-controversy when they spoke out against George W. Bush.
What liberal leaning country star's political position surprises you the most? Take a look at this list to learn about the surprising political views of your favorite country stars.
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Johnny Cash was never affiliated with any given political party, but he was a fearless champion of oppressed people everywhere. On his song, "Man in Black," he sang:
I wear the black for the poor and beaten down/living in the hopeless, hungry side of town/I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime/but is there because he’s a victim of the time.
Though she's remained mostly silent about her political views in the past, Taylor Swift took to social media in October 2018, just weeks before midterm elections, to share her support of democrats.
Faith Hill reportedly donated $5,000 to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and gave $7,500 to the Democratic National Committee in 2007. She also performed at Obama's inaugural celebration.
Willie Nelson has long advocated for the legalization of marijuana. He's also a fan of big fan of several Democratic politicians, noting in 2015:
I’m a great Bernie and Hillary fan, you know.
The Dixie Chicks famously spoke out against George W. Bush and the war in Iraq, causing some backlash from less liberal fans. In 2016, they once again caused waves when they performed their hit "Goodbye Earl" with a graffitied photo of Donald Trump, with devil horns and a goatee, displayed in the background.
LeAnn Rimes has performed at both Republican and Democratic events, but she seems to lean a bit more to the left. She is an advocate of LGBTQ rights and supports gay marriage, stating in an interview:
I believe in equality. Everybody should be treated exactly the same way no matter what their race, no matter what their sexuality.