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Jelly Roll Inspires Elvie Shane to Fight for Social Justice

Elvie Shane has always been proud of his blue-collar Kentucky roots and is ready to be a voice for people with similar stories. But in his upcoming musical chapter, he’s making his passion more concrete than ever: He cares about prison reform and providing relief to those living in poverty and struggling with addiction.

In a new interview with Taste of Country, Shane said he’d been advocating in these areas for years, but when Jelly Roll appeared on the country scene, he felt inspired to speak more directly to the public about what he supports cause.

“Yeah, seeing him do that definitely prompted me to talk about it more publicly, because if you have a big voice saying that, you need other soldiers as well,” the singer explained. “The more people talk about it, the more likely you are to see change.”

Sean joked that he even got a little “pissed off” when he saw Jerry visiting prisons and addiction rehab centers in various cities on his Backroad Baptism Tour – because Sean was thinking the same thing.

“No, I love it. I think it’s cool (that he does it). But I’m really just saying this Friday, I’m going to compete Lee Adjustment Centerlast week I saw a video of Jelly Roll performing in a prison and I was like, ‘Damn,’” Shane said with a laugh.

But all jokes aside, he likes that Jelly Roll reminds artists that it’s still possible to perform in prisons and other similar facilities.

“Of course, we all know the Johnny Cash story (Country Legends Recordings) at Folsom Prison Living in prison in 1968). But I didn’t know you could still do that,” Shane continued.

“My friend was serving a life sentence at Lee Adjustment Center, so I reached out to management and said, ‘Man, I’d love to go there and put on a show for those guys,'” he continued. “There are a lot of good people out there who are doing it either because they behaved terribly or because the law is ridiculous on some things.”

Earlier this week, Shawn shared his views on Twitter, urging reform of Kentucky’s “outdated” continuing felony offender (PFO) law, which results in previously convicted felons being jailed for subsequent crimes. Imposition of excessive sentences.

The singer’s friend who was incarcerated at the Lee Adjustment Center is a case in point.

“He’s serving a life sentence because he shot a guy who came to kill him, and he shot him in self-defense. But he’s a felon in possession of a firearm. A life sentence,” Shane said .

“My cousin just called me from the county jail in Hardin County, Kentucky, on Friday or Saturday morning. He had a little bit of marijuana on him and a police officer pulled him over,” the singer continued. “He freaked out and tried to run away. So now he’s charged with a felony eluding charge, a reckless driving charge and PFO.

“I don’t like to get into political stuff because there are enough political musicians out there and I don’t want to be one of them,” Sean reflects, saying that some of his closest friends and people who have been playing with him ’s new music recordings — inconsistent with his views on many political issues.

“I cherish having them by my side because without them my mind would never change, I would never be challenged on anything…but what yes What’s important to me, and what’s becoming increasingly important to me, is prison reform and addiction. “

His passion for providing more support for people with addiction will take center stage with the release of his new song “Pill,” which is released on Friday (September 29). Shane, who has a history of addiction himself, plans to use the song’s music video to spotlight a community called ” Never use alone Trying to reduce fatal drug overdoses.

“Basically, you call them and tell them where you are, what your name is, if you have any health issues, and what device you’re using when you’re talking to those people. If you become unresponsive, they tell them if you In the event of an overdose, EMS can be called to the scene immediately,” the singer said. “They didn’t say, ‘If you don’t want to die, call us now! If you want to stop doing drugs, call us!’ because no one is going to stop unless they want to. I know that from there.”

Sean noted that deaths from the opioid epidemic have increased in recent years because of changes in the drugs themselves, even in the decade or so since he became a heavy user.

“When I was addicted to gaming, it wasn’t as dangerous as it is now. Back then, if you got a fake pill, it was made of sugar. It didn’t get you high. Now you’re dead,” he said said. “I’m a huge Mac Miller fan — we lost Mac Miller because of this. And countless friends, acquaintances, people I grew up with. “

That’s why it’s so influential to Shane that major industry voices like Jelly Roll are speaking out about it: It’s a topic that hits close to home for him, and for more country music listeners than ever before in this way.

“I love that he talks about these things. I’d love to talk to him about it if he wanted to,” Shane concluded. “I think it’s definitely a topic that some of us who come from that world are just tired of it not being represented.”

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