The NRA and country music have had an easy relationship. Some of the biggest acts in country music – Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line- once had their names prominently featured on the NRA Country website. But after weeks of silence, NRA Country has redesigned their website and removed all the artists from their page.
After the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, FGL and Thomas Rhett disassociated with NRA country, removing themselves from the organization’s list of artists. Rolling Stone Country reports that since that time, NRA Country has not added any new artists or promoted an artist on any of their social media platforms.
Country artists began to speak out in force about gun control after the shooting that killed 17 students in Parkland, FL. In the wake of the shooting, the NRA went on a media blitz to uphold their image. That included a redesign of their NRA Country website, which removed all 37 of their supporting artists from their page. Even those who were still listed on the site last week like Granger Smith and Justin Moore disappeared. In its place is an events page, featuring upcoming concerts from Randy Rogers Band and Charlie Daniels.
There may be nothing behind the NRA’s change. But it is more likely a sign of the times, that artists realize it is not a good PR move to support the NRA while schools are struggling to protect their students.