These days, country music is filled with country carpetbaggers.
The fact is, though, country music has always been averse to controversy.
Perhaps this is why his image now appears in a country music video alongside Martin Luther King and John Wayne.
For most of its history, country music has been a profoundly insular music that avoided tangling with social issues.
As the Dish noted recently, country music once boasted a wide array of complex and diverse political opinions.
George H.W. Bush, dealt a humiliating loss in the 1992 election, regaled his friends with country music.
What happens when country music royalty hangs out with the last vestiges of American royalty?
But the question still remains: Is the country music establishment ready for a gay star?
We rarely do, in part because not as many people of color pay attention to country music.
First, the newcomer announces that he or she has actually been listening to country music all along.