Southern Rock for the Apocalypse, Dixie Version

By July 3, 2020Blog

The Orwellian nightmare known as 2020 continues. Not only are Confederate monuments and symbols under attack, seemingly benign references to anything Southern are now considered “racist.” Real estate listings that use the term “master bedroom” are being changed because the term is a reference to slavery, as does the word “plantation.” The State of Rhode Island is considering changing its official name by dropping “Providence Plantations” because it might make people feel uncomfortable. And then there’s Dixie, not just the song, but the word itself. Dixie State University in Utah is considering a name change, Dixie Brewing Company in Louisiana has dropped the name, and rumors swirled that Winn-Dixie grocery stores were thinking about removing Dixie from its brand.

This is insane. No reader of the Abbeville Institute needs a lesson on the history of the term or why merely mentioning “Dixie” has nothing to do with race–and never has–but we live in strange times. The tune Dixie is certainly forbidden in any respectable public gathering and will become, like the Scottish bagpipes after 1745, an outlawed tune if the woke social justice warriors gain ascendancy.

I thought it would be worthwhile to provide several fine examples of Dixie. Our regular series on Southern rock will return in the near future, but like Mickey Newbury who wrote “An American Trilogy”–famously performed by Elvis–to heal the United States during the Civil Rights movement, perhaps a generous round of Dixieland will soothe the soul in these times of troubles.

David Holt: Dixie

Black Oak Arkansas: Dixie

Mickey Newbury: An American Trilogy (w/Dixie)

Doug Kershaw: Dixie

Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland: Dixie

Capitol Symphony Orchestra: Dixie

Lawrence Welk Orchestra: Dixie

Edison Symphony Orchestra: Dixie

Bob Dylan: Dixie

Billy Murray and Ada Jones: Dixie

Dinah Shore: Dixie

Mitch Miller: Dixie

Ernie Ford: Dixie

Jerry Lee Lewis: Dixie

Liberace: Dixie

Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones: Dixie

The Horse Soldiers: Dixie

Hastings College (Nebraska) Choir: Dixie

Bobby Horton: Dixie

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Dixie

Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author or co-author of six books, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America (Regnery History, 2017), 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her (Regnery History, 2016), The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012). He received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student. He lives in Alabama with his wife and three daughters.

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