On this warm weekend we are favored with a cool breath of fresh air from the likes of Matthew Lippman, via Michael Klein’s review of Lippman’s poetry collection, American Chew. Poems like these are refreshing in their honesty and bewitching simplicity—Lippman’s, in particular, “start outside the body,” Klein writes, “but they almost always end up inside it—gnawing at the conscious.”...more
Posts Tagged: country music
In 1975, Robert Altman’s Nashville hit the big screen and introduced American audiences to country and folk singer Ronee Blakley. Here, Blakley sits down for a chat about her Academy Award-nominated role, working with Altman, and her current stance as a feminist and activist....more
I can’t tell you how much these guys scared Nashville. Texans didn’t know who was boss.
Texas Monthly has a must-read oral history of the creation of a new type of country music in Austin in the ’70s.
Musicians like Steve Earle, Jerry Jeff, and, of course, Willie Nelson describe in their own words the moment when they smashed hippies and rednecks together and made magic....more
Why is it that despite country music’s overall conservatism and exaltation of rural, small-town culture, female country artists routinely write songs that would make a simple country farmer’s eyes bug out?
Why do the men sing about inoffensive, patriotic good times, while the women score hits with lyrics about murdering lovers?...more
In a lace-curtained living room of a cabin by the Greenbrier River, four men I had just met picked up a banjo, a guitar, a mandolin, and an upright bass and cracked my world open....more
Editor’s Note: We realize this breaks our “no pop” rule, but this essay was too good to pass up.
Darius Rucker is not Hootie. Instead, he’s Darius, the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, a band that since 1994 has sold more than sixteen million records....more
“Country music has fans wherever people are departing rural areas. In other words, worldwide. Turns out that the weeping tunes about better days can be understood even without understanding the lyrics.
That crying slide guitar is the perfect accompaniment for the universal nostalgia that millions of migrants experience in their new urban homes. They miss the countryside they recently left, and they can hear their own yearning for it in Kenny Rogers’s deep longing.”
Kevin Kelly on the international appeal of country music, as part of an essay on the reasons more people than ever before in history are choosing to live in urban areas, even when that means living in a slum....more