— The black country music industry is going on the offensive.
It’s all about the Trump.
The country music community is starting to make plans to attend a rally at the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville on Saturday, the first time the event has been held since the president tweeted that black country is “on the decline.”
Organizers of the rally have set up an official Facebook event, and the event’s website has been updated to include a photo of the President and his entourage, along with a line for $3.25 tickets.
“We’re all going to be there, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that the people who want to hear the country music of our generation feel welcome here, too,” says David P. Lewis, president of the Nashville Country Music Association.
Lewis says the event is meant to help show Trump that Nashville is still alive and kicking, despite his recent visit to the city that has seen a steady decline in attendance over the past two years.
Lewis said Nashville has a thriving music scene, and it’s vital to hear country music on the Capitol grounds.
“It’s a very diverse, beautiful city.
We’ve got a lot of talented musicians,” Lewis said.
“So, if we can make it more accessible, more accessible for them, that’s going to make a huge difference.”
While the Nashville event is still under consideration, Nashville has seen more protests against Trump than any other major U.S. city.
Last week, a crowd of hundreds of demonstrators stormed the State Capitol and began blocking traffic for hours, forcing the removal of Trump from the building.
That incident was followed by a series of other demonstrations, including a peaceful march to the Tennessee Capitol by more than 100 people.