Brain Health Video Interviews

Can Country Music Help Curb America’s Obsession with Guns?

After the Nashville Covenant School shooting on March 27, 2023, Music Artist Ketch Secor, a Nashville resident and father of two, decided it was time to speak out and take action against gun violence. Not long after the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 3 adults and 3 children, Secor wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times titled “Country Music Can Lead America Out of Its Obsession With Guns.” In this video Grammy-Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Ketch Secor joins Neuroscientist and Opera Stage Director Dr. Indre Viskontas for a “One Creative Mind” conversation about gun culture in America and the role that music can play in creating change.

In addition to being an award winning music artist, as well as a parent of two young children, Ketch Secor is also a founding member of the Episcopal School of Nashville. In his NYT opinion piece, Secor calls on fellow country musicians to oppose military-style assault weapons such as assault rifles. In this interview with Ketch Secor, the Old Crow Medicine Show frontman behind “Wagon Wheel” aka “Hey mama, rock me,” a song that regained popularity in 2013 after being covered by country music star Darius Rucker, explains how he believes country music and especially country singers in the Nashville community can help lead the change towards enacting gun laws and policies that prevent gun violence an create a safer America for all.