He shared his views on the industry today, and we talked about “Accidental Racist,” the controversial recording by Brad Paisley with LL Cool J. The song deals with white Southern identity and the meaning of the Confederate flag.
Charlie talked about growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during a time of racial tension and how much he learned from it. He also explored the effect racism had on him as both a musician and songwriter.
The discussion was long and interesting. Charlie is a great story teller. He stayed until after 9 p.m., though we are supposed to end an hour earlier. The group wouldn’t let him leave.
Each Pro-Shop member played their latest CD demo, and got wonderful feed back. It was a special night.