Samantha Bee is standing up for female country artists.
In a new episode of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, the host sent correspondents Sasheer Zamata and Amy Hoggart to Nashville to speak with artists and industry representatives to explore why female artists have to fight for equality on country radio.
With CMT executive and Next Women of Country founder Leslie Fram serving as a tour guide, the group visited artists such as Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker and Margo Price, to get their take on the current state of radio play for female artists.
“Ask yourself this question: ‘What do you want your daughter to know about herself?'” said Carlile. “If you can’t get that from country music, if you can’t get that from country radio, it’s a problem.”
Meanwhile, the “Delta Dawn” hit-maker looked back on the fight for equality that’s been going on for decades.
“When I first started out, they wouldn’t have another woman on a show,” said Tucker. “There’d be one woman and three boys… The women in country music, they’ve had a hard row to hoe.”
The same day this episode aired, fellow female country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter to weigh in on the matter after a Saginaw, Michigan, radio station announced they cannot play two female artists back-to-back.
Watch Samantha Bee’s “Sexism In Country Music” episode above.