I’ve often enjoyed Country’s remakes of great Rock and/or Pop songs…!
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday January 22, 2012 9:30 am|
When then-President Richard Nixon sat down at the piano on the stage of the Grand Old Opry in 1974, he was reinforcing a conservative, polemical wall of sound to help contain several decades of transformational popular music, from blues and jazz to rock & roll. Music was the last thing on his mind.
As part of his notorious race-based “southern strategy,” Nixon led the efforts of conservative elites to co-opt American country-western music. He got the idea from George Wallace’s 1968 campaign, which Wallace had filled with country stars like Hank Snow and Hank Williams Jr.
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday July 4, 2011 8:00 pm|
I went through a country music phase a few years ago. Yes, even with Toby Keith and all that stupid “boot in your ass, it’s the American Way” nonsense country was into back when the wars were all new and shiny. I just got so sick of pop music boys whining about how “you left me, and I’m so sad, and won’t you come back” and other pathetic crap.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday May 2, 2010 5:00 pm|
Country star Chely Wright who scored big hits with with “Single White Female” and “Shut Up and Drive” is announcing she’s lesbian, according to TMZ and confirmed by other sources. She is the first major country star to come out.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday April 13, 2010 8:00 pm|
On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Hank Williams a Pulitzer Special Citation for his lifetime achievement as a songwriter, praising his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday July 27, 2008 10:00 am|
There are important values and a profound combination of hope, community spirt, and wariness of authority in country music. Progressives should start singing and dancing to the tune.