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The Band unveiled a big Confederate battle flag behind them in “The Last Waltz” while playing The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and the San Francisco crowd cheered.

That was amusing because only one member of The Band was from the South. The rest were from Canada. (Leven Helm was from Arkansas.) They did what so many artists have done and that was to tap into American popular memory as it existed in their time and bring it out musically. Great group, great songs. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down is a classic which clearly evokes a since of loss because it makes you feel that loss. The reality is that if the song wanted to be historically accurate it would have been about relief that the war was over finally. The loss and sadness part fit in much better a few years later when popular memory blurred what actually occurred for a whole host of reasons.

Adkins puts out hokey music that is about as ‘rebellious’ as a bubblegum wrapper, so maybe the flag was a daring and controversial statement for him.

Country Music has a dynamic following worldwide. Most talent managers realize this and tailor the onstage persona to accommodate the audience. Bummer supposes that this earpiece was an “accoutrement malfunction” and was just over looked. Being familiar with the entertainment industry, no one should dismiss the money machine or political power of the Nashville Music scene.

Bummer

The only thing thing more pathetic than the pearl-clutching by the media over an inch-wide Confederate flag stuck in the ear of a B-list country singer, is the high-fiving and back-slapping on the other side, which seems convinced Trace Adkins has finally vindicated all their great-great-granddaddies fought for. Protegat nos Deus a amentes, y’all.

It does indeed.

I trust that your health has improved. Nice to see you back in action. :-)

Yes, my health has improved some, thanks for asking. it’s nice to be back, even on a limited basis.

I just watched the NBC re-broadcast of that event, and hereby declare it much ado about nothing. I’d already read about the “tasteless deed”, so I was looking for something. It’s all baloney!! Even watching for the trinket in his ear, I could never make out what was there. I did see some glimpse of red peeking out of that ear, but never anything that I could identify.

It’s kind of par for the course for big TV scandals…I couldn’t see any wardrobe malfunction on Janet Jackson either!!

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