Texas country singer Neal McCoy’s latest song takes aim at national anthem kneeling debate

4:40 p.m Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 Music
Jay Premack
March 22: Neal McCoy

Have you ever thought,"Gee, I wonder what 1990s country star Neal McCoy thinks of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem?" Well folks, wonder no more, because the Texas-born-and-bred singer has now released a song detailing his thoughts on that very divisive matter.

“Take A Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee)”  debuted via Facebook Live at a show in Branson, MO on Nov. 8

Related: Dallas Cowboys take a knee before national anthem: What people are saying

Backed by only a plaintive piano key opening and a thin bass, McCoy’s voice takes center stage for the song’s bridge: “When I see somebody on TV take their stand on bended knee, whether it be on Astroturf or grass, I think of those whose freedom was not free, and I say: ‘Take a knee...my ass!’”

McCoy, who lives in Longview, told the Longview News-Journal that the song “is not a money grab.”

“This is how I feel," McCoy said. "The American flag is on the side of my bus, and so is the Pledge of Allegiance." Indeed, he has a habit of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on his Facebook page every day for the past 680 days.
McCoy, whose real name is Hubert Neal McGaughey Jr., comes from a long line of veterans. His grandfather Ben fought in World War I and his father Hubert Neal Sr. fought in the Korean War, according to the News-Journal.

The caption on the original Facebook Live video reads “Yall Stand with Us and help us get this song to #1!!!” As of this writing, the song has not charted on Billboard or the iTunes country music chart, but it was at one point the most-downloaded country song on Amazon. It is, however, McCoy’s fourth-highest-charting iTunes song, behind “Wink,” “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On” and “The Shake.”

After news of the song broke on social media Friday (to backlash from many, and support from McCoy’s hardcore fans), McCoy took to Facebook Live to talk about the controversy and to reiterate his stand with veterans.  

McCoy will be in Austin Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at ACL Live. Tickets can be purchased here