Posts Tagged: country music

The Rumpus Interview with Lee Clay Johnson

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Lee Clay Johnson discusses his novel Nitro Mountain, growing up with bluegrass musician parents, and what people are capable of under the right set of circumstances.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Twenty-Three Pieces of the Sunset Bowl

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[A]ll over town, pits in the ground stayed pits in the ground. Those cavities were my consolation. For the moment, we were all in the hole.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #68: A Way of Life

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The thing about Scott Tuma is: the immense pathos of the recordings… Almost no one, frankly, is allowed to sound this sad and continue to have a musical career.

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Birds of Paradise

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Over at Fader, Scott McClanahan tells us about the time a country music singer completely destroyed his marriage: I tried explaining it to her as best as I could. I told her Little Jimmy was one of West Virginia’s only country music stars. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry who they called […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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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 […]

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Country Music’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriends

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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? For the LA Review of […]

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Country Music in Kenya & Mumbai

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“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 […]

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