The music of the right wing has always been pretty bad, Ted Nugent, Britney Spears, Brooks & Dunn. There are probably some exceptions, but I can’t think of them and/or they have not admitted their political positions. Either way, the right wing roster is overall piss poor. It’s not exactly fair though — there’s something about the open, creative mind that leans overwhelmingly liberal. I think it has to do with one’s capacity for empathy for other human beings, but I digress.
Along comes a new brand of right wing musician, the Tea Party performer. WNYC did a story on some emergent acts, gaining popularity by performing at Tea Party rallies, who are encroaching on what is a historically left wing past time: protest songs. For example, Chris Cassone, is a 60 year old “right-wing Woody Guthrie” inspired to pick up his guitar and sing to his TV while watching
Bat Shit Glen Beck.
More entertaining is this whack rapper, MC Hi-Caliber, a New Jersey resident who has found his 15 minutes as a regular Tea Party performer. Likewise inspired by Beck, Hi-Caliber rhymes about Jesus, the military and Democrats trying to take his gun, between gushing over Monica Crowley. He might be a huge douche, you decide. Here’s video of him from last year rallying “the right wing extremists in the house.”
Listen to the full WNYC broadcast complete with interviews of both of these guys:
“Tea Party Troubadours” on WNYC