Over the past weekend, an obscure singer-songwriter from Virginia named Oliver Anthony took the internet by storm with his poignant track, “Rich Men North of Richmond.” The song gives voice to the trials and tribulations faced by the American working class and the perceived manipulation by the elite.
Oliver Anthony’s lyrics resonated deeply with conservatives, portraying the hardships of a workforce feeling overburdened with taxes and long hours, all while witnessing others exploit the welfare system.
The evocative video, available on the “RadioWV” YouTube channel, features Anthony in a forest setting, equipped with just his guitar and microphone, delivering a raw and powerful performance beside a deer stand. This piece posted only a short time ago, has astonishingly amassed over 1.7 million views on YouTube within approximately 48 hours. Its reach extends further on the social platform X (previously known as Twitter), with an impressive 2.5 million views.
In response to the unexpected surge in popularity, Anthony hurriedly established his presence on X, where he’s shared only a trio of tweets. Expressing his amazement at the song’s widespread acclaim, he tweeted, “‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ will soon be accessible on all main streaming services. The overwhelming affection shown in the comments, messages, and emails leaves me astounded. I’m striving to reply to all promptly,” accompanying the message with a snippet of his song.
Rich Men North of Richmond has been uploaded to all major streaming platforms and will show up there in a few days.
Im still in a state of shock at the outpouring of love I've seen in the comments, messages and emails. I'm working to respond to everyone as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/iScaYp9AWQ
— Oliver Anthony (@AintGottaDollar) August 11, 2023
A deep-rooted sentiment coursing through the song underscores the chasm between the privileged elite and the everyday working-class American. The chorus is a direct critique of Washington, D.C., denouncing its politicians and bureaucrats as the “rich men north of Richmond.”
In his verses, Anthony insinuates that these influential figures desire undue dominance over the masses. Notably, he includes a potent reference to Epstein Island, with the lyrics, “I wish politicians would care for miners, not just minors on an isolated isle.”
Beyond the compelling lyrics, Anthony’s distinct vocal timbre has garnered widespread admiration.
Former Arizona gubernatorial contender, Kari Lake (R), praised him on Twitter, stating, “You truly echo the sentiments of the People. Your voice speaks volumes, and WE cherish it.”
God bless you!
You are speaking for We the People. And WE love you.
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) August 12, 2023
Renowned commentator Glenn Beck also commended the artist, tweeting, “Oliver Anthony, you embody the spirit of a vast part of America. Grateful for your voice.”
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) August 11, 2023