Artists including Jason Isbell,Sturgill Simpson and plenty of others spoke out, however when the news broke, his fellow CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, Jimmie Allen, took some time to process before he weighed in.
I take a few days to process before I reply or speak on anything. Logical thoughts for me takes time.
Accountability is very important..we all must be held accountable for our actions. Looking over my life and my mistakes I remember the consequences I had to face, but I also remember the people that didnt give up me and were willing to help me DO better. Thankful for those people
Country Music executive, Rakiyah Marshall, who is the owner of publishing and artist development company Back Blocks Music, has also spoke out with her take on the situation.
Her approach, much like Jimmie’s, was also a call not to abandon him all together:
“This guy has a heart. Maybe a little ignorant, for sure makes a lot of mistakes, may need a little extra love & care, has lost his fight with alcohol, but by no means is a racist.
Has a lot to learn about his missteps and it’s going to take a while. He is not perfect nor does he get a pass for his reckless behavior. But he does not deserve this and I’ll stand by that. I’m not giving up on him. Hope the world gets to see the person I know in that picture.”
Her post received positive comments from fellow artists, songwriters and other country music industry folks.