Anthony Oliver, despite his meteoric rise to fame with the hit "Rich Men North of Richmond," remains grounded. As one of the leading figures in the folk/neo-Western subgenre of country music, he believes that fans shouldn't break the bank to enjoy his performances. Earlier this week, he expressed his disapproval in a video about the nearly $100 ticket prices for his show at Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville, Tennessee.
His sentiments were made very clear: high ticket prices are not in line with his values.
“Don’t pay $100 for a ticket. That’s horsesh*t. If we’ve got to cancel the venue and play somewhere else, we will. I didn’t agree to it and I don’t want you to pay it. So, please don’t. I’m just trying to get the word out now,” Anthony told his fans while visibly frustrated with the situation.
The video was accompanied by a caption, explaining, “My shows should never cost more than $40, ideally no more than $25. Hell, out of the 4 shows we have currently done, 2 of them have been completely free. This will get straightened out tonight. Hold off on buying tickets for now.”
Anthony later officially canceled the show and explained, “Cotton Eyed Joe has been cancelled. I am so sorry about all of this. I will do better next time. We are still learning.”
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Oliver Anthony's genuine and authentic demeanor is a breath of fresh air in an era where authenticity often feels scarce. His songs, which echo the struggles of everyday people and highlight the disparity between the elite and the working-class, deeply resonate with a vast audience.
His recent stance, where he was prepared to cancel a performance due to exorbitant ticket prices, reinforces his image as a champion for the common folk. Despite his rapid rise to stardom, Anthony remains principled. Although he could command ticket prices well over $100, he remains committed to ensuring his shows are financially accessible to his fans.
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