Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers to sit out Inaugural

We received this statement earlier today from Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. It came by carrier pigeon, hence the delayed release.

Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers announced Tuesday that they will not perform at Friday’s inauguration. “We have decided to do exactly as most country music stars will do on that day,” said bandleader Knuckles, “and not be in the program. I may watch it on TV.”

Steel guitarist Waldo Otto spoke early Tuesday at a hastily-called press conference, declaring in a 35-minute speech, “We are not at liberty to say at this time exactly why there will be no Trailblazers performance.” When asked whether the band was actually invited, he responded, “Truly a fair question, but unfortunately at this time I’m simply not able to comment.” Otto is recovering from having his tongue stuck to a telephone pole for several hours last Thursday in Nome, Alaska.

The Trailblazers are known for their performances with the noted Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. When asked for a comment about Knuckles’ decision, Hot Rize bassist Nick Forster replied, “Whatever.”

Neither the inaugural committee nor Super Bowl half time entertainment people are commenting on this.

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  • Miles

    Too bad. They’d had been the best band at the inauguration.

  • Wasatch_Rebel


  • Kenneth D Schroeder

    More left wing losers. What a shame, this will surely hurt their careers for no valid reason except ignorance. Politics have no place in bluegrass music. I will bet that none of them even voted in the election.

    • Paul Lestock

      You’re clueless, aren’t you?

      • AZDiver

        He IS!!!!! Hahahahahaha, I’m laughing so hard right now I can barely type. The poor guy. Has.Not.The.Faintest.Idea.Who.The.Trailblazers.Are. (*wiping tears off my face*)

        • Kenneth D Schroeder

          Right, and don’t even care as many more won’t care or try to find out.

          • Morgan Bailey

            Sad. Very sad.

          • Kenneth D Schroeder

            Sick!!! Just go out and break some more innocent business owners windows and trash some more cars in what you claim is protest. Get a real life. Boo Hoo you lost !!!!

    • Art Homer

      Poor fellow: here’s something that’ll make you feel better:

      • Kenneth D Schroeder

        So sick !!! You lost…..Get over it

  • Ol’ Blue

    I guess you know that some won’t get it.

  • john l

    Were they even invited? LOL.

  • T. Herd

    Everybody relax. Carl Frobee has agreed to fill in for them this afternoon.