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Who Is Oliver Anthony & Why Is He Suddenly Everywhere With His Song "Rich Men North of Richmond"

An aspiring farmer who lives with his three dogs in Farmville, Virginia has suddenly taken the world and country space by storm with his truth baring viral hit Rich Men North of Richmond

The common man has a new anthem and you may be one of the over 9 million people who viewed the track over the weekend. Rich Men North Of Richmond, chats about how “People like me and people like you,” are struggling in he current American climate.

In the week since Anthony released the song, the now viral song has soared to number one on both the iTunes All Genre and the iTunes Country chart, knocking Jason Aldean’s similarly strong Try That In A Small Town off its throne.

With struggle and conviction Oliver sings "I wish politicians would look out for miners / And not just minors on an island somewhere/Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothin’ to eat / And the obese milkin’ welfare/ Well, God, if you’re 5-foot-3 and you’re 300 pounds / Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds/ Young men are puttin’ themselves six feet in the ground / ‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kickin’ them down."


Everyone from Luke Combs, to Joe Rogan has chimed in with their praise on the raw track. Clearly surprised by the support Anthony played at Morris Farm Market in Currituck, North Carolina, and over 14k people showed up to lend their ears and support.

“Thanks to everyone who stayed after for photos and to tell me your story. It means more than words can describe,” he wrote. He performed songs including “Rich Men North of Richmond,” and shared video of the packed crowd that showed up.

But get this, country's resident blue collar expert Jamey Johnson surprised Oliver and well, you just have to watch!

While staying pretty neutral in the lyrics, the title of the song is well open to interpretation. On one hand, Washington, D.C. is directly north of Richmond. But according to many other reports and the lyric website Genius pointed out Richmond was also the capital and northernmost city in the Confederacy. So, if that is your POV rich men north of Richmond would be well people in the North, which obviously paints grim picture.

Whatever your thought on the track, Anthony is one of many artists these days blending and Appalachian sound with painfully relatable lyrics. Maybe country music will change the world.


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