Category Archives: country

Who Says Folk Music is Dead?

The wonderful story of “Wagon Wheel”, from Big Bill Broonzy to Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup to Bob Dylan to Old Crow Medicine Show. What this article, written in 2011, misses is the latest twist on the story: Darius Rucker turning … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Driving across America, I’ve learned when I scan the radio dial and hit the wimpier brand of hair metal, I know I’ve found country radio.” —Holly Gleason, in the Nashville Scene’s 13th Annual Country Music Critics Poll.

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Kacey Musgraves—”Merry Go ‘Round”

As a follow-up to my post about women in country, here’s another great one. If this doesn’t make the charts I may give up all hope.

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Oh yeah

Thomas Rhett’s “Something To Do With My Hands”. Eric Church has some competition for the title of Best Country Rocker. Funny, too.

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Some Things Never Change

Back in January, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler released her third album,100 Proof. Opening with “Where’s Tammy Wynette”, the album’s a fascinating throwback to the country style of the late 60s and early 70s. Despite being the best country album … Continue reading

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The country music audience: smarter than the country music biz

File this under things that should have been obvious but for some reason weren’t. I always figured that once the country audience moved from rural areas into the suburbs and the cities, it would come to more closely resemble the … Continue reading

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How country are country fans?

If this post is any indication, very. I suppose the same thing could be done with hip-hop and rock and indie fans, but when country fans set their iTunes to shuffle, all they get is country (and the occasional pop … Continue reading

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Houston Hash

In preparation for their first US tour in nearly a decade, Cornershop goes country. Trucker country, at that.

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Comment from the YouTube page: This is Roy Lanham and the Whippoorwills with Sweet Georgia Brown. The mandolin player is Doug Dalton and the man with the Stromberg is my father, Gene Monbeck. Bassist is Dusty Rhoads. H/T: David Hajdu

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