We like to think of country music as one big, happy family with an occasional riff among the siblings that usually resolves itself, but lately there has been an issue that is a little darker and a little dirtier.
In October, Rare Country previously reported how “The Voice” contestant Meghan Linsey had been victim of sexual abuse while she was part of the duo Steel Magnolia. Meghan made a statement via Facebook about what had happened, sparked by comments made during the presidential campaign, but she held back on specifics like naming who the guilty parties were in the case. She did say that both the duo’s manager and record label president were aware of the specific cases of assault.
Afterward, Meghan’s Steel Magnolia singing partner, Joshua Scott Jones, spoke with Fox News to support and elaborate on the claims a bit. Steel Magnolia’s record label president also spoke to the news outlet; however, he also denied that the claims had ever been brought to his or the label’s HR department’s attention.
Joshua then took to Twitter, unapologetically naming names in a rant that remains on his timeline. Since then, an anonymous source has spoken with at least one country music news outlet denying the claim saying, “I hate to even give it the time, frankly, to talk about it, because it is patently untrue.” The source then goes on to say, “I would just tell you to consider the source.”
There is no clarification as to what the anonymous source was implying, but Joshua had entered rehab for a drug addiction in 2011 and came out sober. That’s when he released an independent solo project, “The Healing,” in 2014.
Whether it is a direct response to the source’s comments remains to be seen; however, we now know that on Nov. 5 Joshua released a new song, “What About Jesus” on iTunes that he calls “a behind-the-scenes look and reflection on the music biz” and a rebuttal to the statements. The song, which has an urban-rap groove, also contains a parental advisory for explicit lyrics.