Posts Tagged: country music

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 inside it—gnawing at the conscious.”

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When Hippies and Rednecks Joined Forces

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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.

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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 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.

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