LOCASH Calls Out Media For Praising Zach Bryan’s Arrest: ‘Crazy World’

The duo is taking a stand against what they perceive as media bias.

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 11, 2023

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LOCASH; : JULIA BONAVITA / FOX NEWS DIGITAL, Zach Bryan; Photo by Louis Nice

LOCASH is criticizing the media for what they perceive as glorifying Zach Bryan’s recent arrest.

In a social media post on Monday (Sept. 11), the country duo shared their thoughts on the situation.

Duo’s Statement

In a message to their followers, LOCASH expressed their concerns and alluded to a specific country artist, although they did not explicitly mention Zach Bryan or his recent arrest in Oklahoma. This unnamed artist was cited as having been arrested and displaying disrespect towards law enforcement officers, which appears to be a direct reference to Bryan’s situation.

Despite the “Something In The Orange” singer’s behavior, he received praise and press attention for apologizing to the police after the incident.

“Funny how a country artist. We all know who, (don’t hate the player) gets arrested for being a complete dick to the police and gets Praise and press for apologizing, from the police,” the duo, composed of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

The statement continued as the duo shared their frustrations and emphasized that when artists perform shows in support of law enforcement and other noble causes, they receive minimal recognition and media attention.

“But when you do shows for the Blue and more you get no recognition from press,” the statement concluded alongside the hashtag: #crazyworld

Arrest

Zach Bryan was arrested on charges of “obstruction of investigation” on Thursday (Sept. 7) in Vinita, Oklahoma.

He later took to social media to issue an apology as well as a video message explaining the situation.

Following his arrest, Bryan trended on social media and his mugshot became the face of the Outlaw playlist on Spotify. 

National Police Association Responds

The National Police Association spoke with Fox News Digital about his public apology. 

“When the report of his arrest and then of course the video came out, he said some really harsh things,” Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association, shared. “Then he very quickly came out with that apology that, you know, seemed to us to be… a very sincere, heartfelt apology.”

She went on to admit that “people say and do stupid things.” 

“But, Sgt. Smith continued, “he displayed a lot of contrition and as law enforcement we don’t often see that, especially from celebrities… he had some harsh language and things and as law enforcement, we’re used to hearing that kind of language. And, you know, people get angry at us when they get arrested. But coming out with that apology is something that I can’t, off the top of my head, come up with another celebrity who’s done it that quickly and that sincerely after having a negative experience with law enforcement.” 

LOCASH; Photo by JULIA BONAVITA / FOX NEWS DIGITAL
LOCASH; Photo by JULIA BONAVITA / FOX NEWS DIGITAL

The Duo Supports Those On The Frontline

LOCASH are longtime supporters of the United States military as well as the Police.  

The chart-topping duo is currently touring in support of their latest single, “Three Favorite Colors,” which they often dedicate to all the men and women on the frontlines during their live shows, including the military, police, firefighters, teachers, and nurses.

“This is a simple song with a whole lot of meaning,” LOCASH previously shared in a statement. “‘Three Favorite Colors’ is about loyalty, patriotism, and unity – we are stronger together and live in the greatest country in the world. If you’re proud to be an American, this one is for you!”

“Three Favorite Colors”

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The track was co-written by the duo’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, as well as Nate Kenyon and Drew Baldridge. 

In August, the duo made their way to New York City to perform “Three Favorite Colors” on Fox & Friends All-American Concert series. 

LOCASH recently wrapped their time on the road as a supporting act on Kane Brown’s Drunk or Dreaming Tour.

Their next scheduled performance is slated for Friday, September 15 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.