Come Saturday Morning: Why Modern “Country Music” Exists

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 7:45 am

Country music can be as hacktacular and artificial and corporate-calculated as it is, so rejecting of groundbreaking talents like Johnny Cash and Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, so cynically, contemptously manipulative regarding the storied past that shames it, because it’s seen as the last musical bastion left that’s almost entirely white. Therefore it will have a built-in audience no matter how bad it is musically.


Country Music Top 20 Cliché Lyric Breakdown

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 12:00 pm

Things just aren’t what they used to be, and that includes country music which is getting far more clichéd lyrically. Country music journalist Casey Black broke down word patterns in Billboard ‘s Top 20 Hot Country Songs on Sept 10, 2013, and thanks to his superb analysis, the formula for a potential country hit is now in your hands.

Please give a shout out when you accept your Country Music Television Song of the Year Award.

Gay Country Artist, Steve Grand, Takes YouTube by Storm

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 5:00 pm

Summertime, whiskey, lust, longing, and rejection mark all the key ingredients of an unrequited summer love gone wrong. They also underlie the story behind the song and video for Steve Grand’s latest, and first, Youtube sensation “All American Boy”.

What makes the video “radical” is that Grand is an up-and-coming country artist who is unapologetic about the fact that he’s gay.

Late, Late Night FDL: Atlantic City

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 10:00 pm

Sugarland – Atlantic City

I’ve often enjoyed Country’s remakes of great Rock and/or Pop songs…!

And, On Piano, Dick Nixon: Music and Anarchy

By: 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.

Late Night: Independence Day

By: 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.

Country Star Chely Wright Coming Out

By: 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.

Late Night: Hank Williams and the Pulitzer

By: 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.

Waiting for a Train: Progressives and Country Music

By: 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.

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