The country singer who went viral with his hit “Rich Men North of Richmond” has stirred a buzz on social media after canceling a show at a famous Knoxville nightclub.
Virginian country-folk artist Oliver Anthony apologized on Facebook for the steep ticket prices charged by Cotton Eyed Joe bar and restaurant for his show and ultimately canceled, writing, “These are supposed to be affordable shows.”
He was slated to perform on Sept. 27 at the venue, where tickets were sold for $90, and $200 for a meet-and-greet.
Mr. Anthony said he wanted no more than $40, and ideally only $25, charged per ticket, and further stated that he asked a friend to handle the booking, as the singer’s “plate has been full.”
But the artist claimed the blame for the mix-up.
“I'm still learning how all this works.”
The singer responded on Facebook, “Cotton Eyed Joe claims we are charging people $120,000 per show. They have since turned the comments off, but I wanted to clarify. The most I've ever made on a show is $35,000.”
The Epoch Times reached out to Cotton Eyed Joe for comment.
The artist admits that his agent handled the gig, but he spoke to Cotton Eyed Joe on the phone himself about not charging extra for a meet-and-greet.
Since the cancellation, the venue announced it would offer refunds in a few days.
The country singer from Virginia now has a new show scheduled at the Knoxville Convention Center for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, where tickets were sold for $25 with a meet-and-greet free of charge, and the event quickly sold out.