Oliver Anthony Ticket Price Rebellion: Oliver Anthony, a rising singer known for his contentious working-class song “Rich Men North of Richmond,” wants his music accessible to all, not making his audience feel affluent.
Anthony stopped one of his gigs, which could have cost him almost $100,000. This choice caused a heated debate with the event host. Knoxville’s Cotton Eyed Joe country music venue was taunted on the virtual stage.
Anthony was initially scheduled to appear at Cotton Eyed Joe on September 27. But when he discovered the ridiculous ticket costs, which ranged from $90 to $200, he had to record a dynamic message for his fans. Anthony stopped his car and encouraged people not to buy tickets, excited.
He warned on Instagram, “Don’t buy Cotton Eye Joe tickets for $99 or VIP passes for whatever b— price they’re at. That’s a load… I disagreed; therefore, don’t pay.”
The presentation ended abruptly after a few hours.
The location was not blamed in the canceled Facebook post. Anthony took responsibility for a regrettable misunderstanding. The “Ain’t Got Dollar” singer was honest about booking the event with a plumber friend. His admission that he wasn’t involved enough in venue talks revealed his responsibility.
Anthony regretfully remarked, “I’m busy, so I asked someone to book. I don’t blame Cotton-Eyed Joe; I don’t know where the misunderstanding occurred. Just seeing those figures annoys me.”
After the dramatic shift in events, Cotton Eyed Joe made fun of Anthony in a deleted Facebook post. The venue mocked the singer’s hit song “It’s a Damn Shame what the World’s gotten to for the Customers of the World Famous Cotton Eyed Joe.” They stated that Anthony was hired for a one-hour show and paid $120,000. They also argued ticket prices were required for their 1,500-person club to break even.
The venue advised talent managers and promoters to be cautious when booking the “North Man of Richmond.”
Anthony responded furiously, denying that he had made $120,000 and saying his highest show earnings were $35,000. He talked about his free gigs in North Carolina and his next charity event in Kentucky. He assumed full responsibility, even if he thought Cotton Eyed Joe took advantage to make money.
The country artist offered $25 tickets and complimentary meet-and-greets at Knoxville venues to give fans a lovely time.
Oliver Anthony became famous with his 2022 YouTube video “Ain’t Gotta Dollar,” which addressed anxiety, depression, and drug misuse. “Rich Men North of Richmond,” his following single, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and has over 50 million YouTube views.
Some conservatives and middle-class people have praised this song as an anthem. However, it has been condemned for demeaning welfare clients and linking to Q’Anon conspiracy theories. Anthony has always claimed to be politically nonpartisan, avoiding party affiliation.
The Cotton Eyed Joe story is not the first time Anthony has turned down enormous amounts of money. He startled the music industry by rejecting a $8 million offer without revealing its source in August. Facebook: “I don’t want six tour buses, 15 tractor-trailers, and a jet. I don’t want stadiums or fame. Because these songs are sung by someone who feels the words, millions are profoundly attached to them. An idiot with a guitar. The kind of music we should never have abandoned.”