The Confederate flag has been a controversial topic within country music as of late.
After the hate-driven mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. earlier this summer, there has been a nationwide discussion on how to approach the controversial piece of history.
Steve Earle is the latest artist to put his feelings on the flag into words. He has released a new song, “Mississippi, It’s Time”, bluntly tackling everything from racism to patriotism. He holds nothing back on the track, which he recorded last month while wrapping up a national tour. It’s the newest release from an artist whose career has been filled with notable protest songs, including 2004’s “Rich Man’s War”.
“I grew up in the South and lived there until I was 50,” Earle said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone Country. “I know that I’m not the only Southerner who never believed for one second that the Confederate battle flag is symbolic of anything but racism in anything like a modern context. [This song] is about giving those southerners a voice.”
All profits raised from downloads of “Mississippi, It’s Time” will go toward the Civil Rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center. Click below to hear the track before it’s officially released Oct. 10.