Country music singer John Rich says that he has fallen out of favor with the leaders of the country music industry since the release of his hit song, “Progress.”
“I don’t have the backing of of the country music industry really much anymore,” John Rich said on the Tuesday edition of the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “And that’s okay. I would rather have my freedom of speech than their approval any day of the week.”
In July of 2022, Rich released his hit song, “Progress,” which was number one in the music industry for 12 days. According to Rich, he wrote the song based on all of his frustrations of what has been happening in the country for the past two years.
“I would not call that gas price progress,” Rich said. “I would not call the grocery prices progress. I would not call fentanyl in all of our neighborhoods progress. I would not call the border being wide open progress.”
“If that’s progress, they can stick it where the sun don’t shine — which is a really nice PG way of saying you know what,” Rich continued.
Instead of releasing his song on the more common platforms like YouTube and Facebook, Rich thought it would be hypocritical and therefore used Rumble to release his song.
“I decided to not use Twitter, not use Facebook, and not use YouTube, because one of the lines in the song says, ‘They shut down our voices,'” Rich explained. “And by ‘they,’ I mean those platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.”
Rich explained that he called the heads of TRUTH Social and Rumble and they agreed to release the song on those platforms.
“Within six hours of ‘Progress’ being released on those two platforms, it was the number one song in the world,” Rich said.