Could award-winning country and pop artist Maren Morris be leaving country music? New music and a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times indicate so.
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His new music video for “The Tree” is filled with numerous symbols representing different moments in the star’s career. The video opens with a photo of Morris lying down wearing the dress she wore to the 2016 Country Music Association Awards, which she said she doesn’t feel comfortable attending in 2022 following a feud with Brittany Aldean, wife of country singer Jason Aldean.
The music video explores a miniature town with a sign reading “Welcome to our perfect little town”, referencing Jason Aldean’s controversial and widely discussed song “Try That In a Small Town”. Also seen in the video are miniature “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Go Wake Up, Go Bankrupt” signs.
The EP’s release coincides with the tenth anniversary of his move to Nashville.
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In the interview, Morris said the country music industry was unwilling to acknowledge its history of racism and misogyny and be more accepting of women, queer people and people of color.
“I thought I would like to burn it all down and start again,” she told the LA Times. “But it burns out without my help.”
Morris never shied away from expressing his progressive beliefs. She has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and gender-affirming health care in a state where both often face pushback.
Maren Morris in Tennessee, after letting her child meet drag queens: “(Expletive) stop me”
Morris was one of several artists to perform at the Love Rising benefit concert for LGBTQ+ causes. The event was organized in response to two pieces of legislation seeking to ban gender-affirming health care and “adult-oriented” drag shows in public spaces.
Before the show, Morris took her 3-year-old son to a sound check, allowing him to meet drag queens backstage.
“And yes, I introduced my son to drag queens today,” Morris said. “So Tennessee, (expletive) stop me.”
Maren Morris capitalizes on Tucker Carlson’s ‘crazy’ comment
In August 2022, Brittany Aldean posted a video on Instagram saying, “I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I was going through my tomboy phase. I love this girl’s life.”
Morris responded to Aldean’s statement about X, saying it was easy to “not be a bastard of a human.”
That was ample ammunition for conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson, who called Morris “crazy.”
Morris took the insult as a badge of honor, turning the words into a slogan that she printed on T-shirts to raise money for transgender causes.