“Shut Up About Politics”: CMA’s, John Rich, Makes #1 Spot On Charts

Published on June 8, 2019

“Shut up about politics
Ain’t nothing but a big pile of dirty tricks
I’m tired of all the fighting and the pitching fits
So shut up about politics”

You heard it, straight from the mouth of country artist, John Rich, of Big & Rich. After a whirlwind media trip to New York City last week, John Rich and Fox News host, Greg Gutfield, have enjoyed the No. 1 spot on iTunes, along with the No. 2 spot in the world for their latest single, “Shut Up About Politics.”

Back in May, Rich joined Fox News’ “The Five,” a talk show on the channel that features Gutfield, and performed the new song. “Shut Up About Politics,” co-written by Gutfield, seems to be a criticism of the often aggressive status nature of political discussions, which has led to a “glass-like” construct of our society today, unfortunately.

For Gutfield, 54, this is his very first songwriting credit. “Politics sucks, especially when it sneaks into places where it shouldn’t be,” he said as he introduced Rich and the new song on the show back in May.

Decades ago, our reliance on politics got out of hand when the political is now personal and vice-versa. Now politics rears its ugly face at football games and superhero shows and we’re sick of it!

The Five’s team, includes co-hosts Dana Perino and Jesse Watters, along with guest co-host and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Donna Brazile. The team even explored Nashville to help record the song.

Grit Daily briefly spoke with John about their new single during CMA Fest in Nashville, which started Friday night and goes through Monday.

I think the message of the song is ringing in loud and clear in that Americans want us all to shut up about politics!” he exclaimed.

John has made it loud and clear that all of the single’s proceeds will be given 100% in full to Folds of Honor, an organization whose mission is to provide education and scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

On Friday night, Rich appeared at his hometown honkey-tonk bar, Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ, where he performed the song live for patrons, among others.

Grit Daily was able to obtain a live video of his performance at the bar:

 Credit: @johnrichofficial | Instagram

Where’s John Headed Next?

Photo Credit: Jason Davis

For those fans still in Nashville, all day Saturday, John Rich and Granny Rich will be at Frugal Macdoogal hosting a Granny Rich Reserve tasting and bottle signing. The percentage of every sale will also benefit Folds of Honor.

Granny Rich, 87, is the grandmother to John Rich, and the only 87-year-old spunky grandmother to host a whiskey tasting and bottle signing. Together, she and John will be offering a sample of the whiskey along with a sign, side-by-side, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Earlier this year, John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Whiskey launched a more age and refined blend of whiskey appropriately named Granny Rich Reserve. Already in twelve states, the smooth spirit is described as a premium priced blend of traditional corn whiskey, aged three years or more, blended with American single malt aged at least four years. For you whiskey drinkers, this is the time to get your taste buds on something more eclectic!

Grit Daily has scheduled a follow-up interview with John after CMA has come to an end to go more in-depth about the single as well as his performances at the 2019 CMA Fest.

Andrew "Drew" Rossow is a former contract editor at Grit Daily.

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