Several well-known country singers have expressed a sense of befuddlement about their course of action after the recent killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
“Normally, I’d have three or four situation-appropriate patriotic singles I could rush to radio –- and I do, don’t get me wrong –- but we get into a conundrum here based on the party affiliation of the current President,” said one noted hitmaker who wished to remain anonymous.
“I’ve got one in the can called ‘We Got Our Man’ but I mean, what if they didn’t really get him? You’ve heard the conspiracy theories,” he continued. “And another one’s called ‘We Salute You,’ but that might be misconstrued as support for Obama or something, and that’s career suicide in the country market.”
Representatives for Darryl Worley have confessed similar issues. “Darryl needs a hit right now so he doesn’t have to go into underwear modeling — not that there’s anything wrong with that — but he’s a country singer and he’s a patriot and America needs him to wave the flag now more than ever,” said an anonymous member of Worley’s management.
“We have a sequel to ‘Have You Forgotten?’ called ‘We Remember’ slated for release in late July to
capitalize express his feelings on the ten year anniversary of 9/11, but that’s two months from now… Darryl needs something on the market to keep his name out there, and the bin Laden killing is just too much of a mixed bag for us to formulate an approach on.”
Other artists such as Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood were also seeking outlets for their desire to represent this occasion in song at press time, but their camps were mum on possibilities.
Montgomery Gentry, however, was going full steam ahead with its release of “America, Hell Yeah,” which hits radio five minutes ago.