Gregg Allman and Jimmy Buffett are among those speaking out about North Carolina's controversial new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, but both are planning to still perform shows they have scheduled in the state.
Allman will play tonight (April 13) in Greensboro, following Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's protest cancellation of their show on Sunday (April 10). Allman has posted a Facebook message voicing support for those protesting the bill, calling it "sad and infuriating" but going on to explain that "I know that North Carolina is a state full of good folks and loyal fans, many of whom are angry about and feel misrepresented by this action. My band and I will continue to play our show as scheduled there...and hope that our music unites people in this challenging time. We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community urging Gov. McCrory to listen to the people and reverse this wrong."
Buffett, meanwhile, plans to go ahead with shows on April 21 in Raleigh and April 23 in Charlotte but issued a blog post calling the law "stupid" but writing that, "I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year."
Buffett did, however, write that scheduling any future shows in North Carolina will depend on whether or not the law is repealed.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.