John Rich Wants Fans to Send ‘Detroit’ to D.C.
John Rich is hoping to be heard on Capitol Hill, and he's asking fans to help raise his voice. The country mogul is encouraging people to email his latest hit, 'Shuttin' Detroit Down,' to elected government officials.
"If you believe the lyrics to this song, if they describe how you feel ... you should e-mail that song to your local, state and federal representatives and just logjam their inboxes with it," he told Michigan's Mount Pleasant Morning Sun newspaper. "All you have to do is tell them, 'If you want to know how I feel, listen to this song.' Normally artists don't give people the go-ahead to e-mail their music around for free, but on this particular occasion, feel free to do it."
Rich wrote 'Shuttin' Detroit Down' with John Anderson. The two were inspired by those who've lost their jobs in today's tough economy. "They're out there losing millions / And it's up to me and you / To come running to the rescue / We'll pardon me if I don't shed a tear / They're selling make believe and we don't buy that here / 'Cause in the real world, they're shutting Detroit down."
"I've been watching the news like everybody else," Rich told Detroit radio station WYCD. "I'm sitting there, getting madder and madder, watching New York and Washington D.C. sling billions of dollars back and forth to each other while the hard-working people in America are just going, 'What in the world is going on up there?'"
Rich knew he'd get a great reaction to the song in Detroit, but he has since found fans all over are embracing it. He's even gotten the ultimate compliment from one of his own country heroes -- Merle Haggard has asked Rich for permission to record it on his next album.
'Shuttin' Detroit Down' is featured on Rich's upcoming solo album, 'Son of a Preacher Man,' due in stores March 24.