Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @jason_howerton, composite
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Singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony on Sunday afternoon played his first concert since blue-collar anthem "Rich Men North of Richmond" launched him from obscurity into social media stardom in a matter of days last week.
Fittingly it was a free show at the Morris Farm Market on the northeastern edge of North Carolina. He told the overflow audience clamoring to see him that in June he played there for a crowd of "about 20 people."
But before things got under way, Anthony opened a Bible to Psalm 37 and began reading, "The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming ..." The crowd cheered as he concluded.
Among the other memorable moments during the show was Anthony's rendition of "Rich Men North of Richmond," punctuated by a throng of folks who knew all the words and sang them right back at him. Content warning: Language:
OLIVER ANTHONY- Rich Men North of Richmond (Live From Morris Farm Market 8/13/23)youtu.be
However, Anthony's personal highlight was when country music star Jamey Johnson joined him onstage to sing "In Color" to the delight of the crowd:
Founder of High Value Dad Jason Howerton — who's been getting the word out about Anthony and flew to North Carolina with a videographer to document Anthony's show Sunday — noted that the owner of the Morris Farm Market "just confirmed to me he had roughly 25 ACRES of parking filled for @AintGottaDollar’s show today. There were THOUSANDS. Too many to count."
After the gig, Anthony stuck around for quite a long time meeting folks who came to see him play:
Even as "Rich Men North of Richmond" shot to the top of iTunes last week, the left-wing backlash commenced just as fast. Rolling Stone offered a story titled, "Right-Wing Influencers Just Found Their Favorite New Country Song," which says Anthony's tune features "Reagan-era talking points about welfare" and includes a "real head-turner" with "an apparent allusion to Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island, where the billionaire and convicted sex offender allegedly introduced underage girls to powerful associates."
With that, how about another dose of the video that lit the viral fire? (And here's that Content warning: Language message again):
Oliver Anthony - Rich Men North Of Richmondyoutu.be
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.