The Corner

Conservative Tunes Come To CPAC

Chip Murray of Warwick, N.Y., sports a baseball cap with a “Stop Common Core” button pinned to it and a black T-shirt with a Joan of Arc quote, and at CPAC he is a rock star. BigDawg Music Radio (tag line: “Music for the Right side of your brain”) has brought a bevy of conservative musicians to the conference — including Murray — who have interspersed speeches by Wayne LaPierre and Ted Cruz with folk songs about patriotism and the welfare state.

Lisa Mei, who co-founded BigDawg, tells NRO that it’s grown alongside the Tea Party. She and a friend and co-writer (a former marine who went by Big Dawg) wrote a song called “A Revolution is Brewing,” which they performed the night of a march at the Free Republic National Convention that Allen West keynoted.

“People loved it, they wanted me to sing it at their rally, this rally, that rally,” she says. And through that, she found other conservative artists making Tea Party-friendly tunes. Since then, she and others have put together BigDawg Music Radio, angling to connect conservative creative types and appeal to people who may not listen to Rush Limbaugh or watch FOX.

“We gotta build our own celebrities,” she says.

That includes Murray. When he isn’t strumming away for conservative audiences, he works as a financial adviser. I asked him how he liked playing at CPAC for the first time.

“I played on the main stage after John Bolton today,” he says. “It was a thrill!”

People have stopped him in the hallway to sing his praises, he adds, including Maryland Congressional candidate Dan Bongino. But not everyone is a fan. Murray says his wife is liberal.

“She told me to break a leg,” he says. “Of course, she might have been being literal. She would never be caught dead down here.”

Most Popular


Cold Brew’s Insidious Hegemony

Soon, many parts of the United States will be unbearably hot. Texans and Arizonans will be able to bake cookies on their car dashboards; the garbage on the streets of New York will be especially pungent; Washington will not only figuratively be a swamp. And all across America, coffee consumers will turn their ... Read More
National Security & Defense

The Warmonger Canard

Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame ... Read More

The Merit of Merit-Based Immigration

Having chain-migrated his way into the White House and a little bit of political power, Donald Trump’s son-in-law is shopping around an immigration plan. And if you can get past the hilarious juxtaposition of the words “merit-based” and “Jared Kushner,” it’s a pretty good one. As things stand, the ... Read More
NR Webathon

Socialism Is about Taking, Not Giving

The snakiest of snake-oil pitches goes like this: Give us some of your freedom and we’ll take care of you. Socialists have been making similar claims back as far as Plato. The end result doesn’t have to be Venezuela. It can just be . . . Europe. What’s wrong with Europe? Despite a turn away from ... Read More