Riley Green Removes ‘Bury Me in Dixie’ From Streaming Over Robert E. Lee Lyric Controversy
Riley Green has removed his song, "Bury Me in Dixie," from digital streaming services after a lyric about Robert E. Lee raised controversy.
Rolling Stone has confirmed through "multiple sources" that Green removed the song from streaming platforms in October after controversy arose about a line in the song that says, "I wish Robert E. Lee could come and take a bow."
“In terms of Confederate nostalgia, it isn’t the worst I’ve ever heard, certainly, but it’s pretty obvious,” Country Soul author Dr. Charles Hughes tells Rolling Stone.
Green and his representatives declined to comment on the record for Rolling Stone's story, but the publication confirmed that the decision came after controversy about the lyrical reference to the Confederate general, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 until the United States defeated the Confederacy in 1865. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War.
"Bury Me in Dixie" served as Green's introduction to the national stage in 2015, and has gone on to become a signature of his live shows for its insider references to his home state of Alabama.
"I would put my state pride up with anybody’s in the sense of where it comes out in my music," Green told Rolling Stone in February. "I wrote [“Bury Me in Dixie”] the night before I opened for Marshall Tucker Band in Anniston, Alabama. I played it at that show the next night and people just went nuts. It was the first song that I’d ever written where I thought, 'Man, I can get a following like this.'"
Green later signed with Big Machine Label Group and scored a No. 1 hit with "There Was This Girl" in 2019. He released his debut album, Different 'Round Here, in September of 2019. Green is Taste of Country's most recent RISER for 2019. He recently released a new single titled "I Wish Grandpas Never Died."
Representatives for Green had not responded to Taste of Country's request for comment on the "Bury Me in Dixie" controversy at the time of publication.
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