Country star John Rich has fired back at the music industry, warning he cares more about his own freedom of speech than he does about winning their approval.
Rich sat for an interview with the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show to discuss his hit anti-woke song, “Progress.”
He said he has fallen out of favor with the country music industry but is doing just fine without them.
“I don’t have the backing of the country music industry really much anymore,” he said.
“And that’s okay.
“I would rather have my freedom of speech than their approval any day of the week.”
As Slay News reported, Rich released “Progress” in July.
It hit number one in a flash and stayed there for 12 days.
“I would not call that gas price progress,” he said, commenting on the economy under Democrat President Joe Biden.
“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.
“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.’
“And by ‘they,’ I mean those platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.”
Rich said he called the heads of TRUTH Social and Rumble to see if they would be interested in helping him release the song.
“Within six hours of ‘Progress’ being released on those two platforms, it was the number one song in the world,” Rich said.