A CMA Awards nominee weighs in on the “dreamer” controversy Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: Tyler Hubbard & Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Jason Isbell and RaeLynn attend Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum New AMERICAN CURRENTS Exhibition on March 14, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

As the country continues to debate the whole Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) controversy that could determine the future of more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the United States, one of country music’s loudest voices gave his opinion on the matter.

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“I do believe the best decisions are made out of love and the worst made out of fear,” Jason Isbell tweeted on September 5 after a fan mentioned that Jason’s latest record, “The Nashville Sound,” could serve as an inspiration for all of the so-called “dreamers” affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA program. “We’re all immigrants of one kind or another,” Jason added.

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Indeed, many of the tracks of “The Nashville Sound” do dip their toes into a political arena that can be difficult to wade through as a country artist. The project was recently nominated for a CMA Award in the Album of the year category.

“Sometimes it’s hard,” the two-time Grammy Award winner recently said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle about whether his songs begin to take a psychological toll on him. “I believe in the things I’m singing, and when you sing them over and over it would be easy to go into autopilot and just deliver the songs without a whole lot of emotion. But I don’t do that. Some nights it’s tough, and I get choked up because I am frustrated, I am angry, and I am moved by the grace some people show when times are hard. I’m not trying to be an entertainer. I’m trying to be an artist. To do that, I think you have to push yourself and you have to make things that hurt.”


Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have now filed a lawsuit against Trump’s plan to end the program that protects young immigrants from deportation.


Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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