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Juli Thanki is a graduate student studying trauma and memory in the postbellum South. She tries to live her life by the adage “What Would Dolly Parton Do?” but has yet to build an eponymous theme park, undergo obscene amounts of plastic surgery, or duet with Porter Wagoner (that last one might prove a little difficult, but nevertheless she perseveres).

When not writing for PopMatters, Juli can generally be found playing the banjo incompetently, consuming copious amounts of coffee, and tanning in the blue glow of her laptop.


Features

Wednesday, June 30 2010

The Carolina Chocolate Drops Shine a Light on Country Music's Neglected Roots

"We listen to a lot of traditional music but we can only use it as it's relevant to us," Robinson says. Instead, the goal is to keep the "bare bones" of the original song and then incorporate their own varied influences.


Thursday, December 18 2008

The Best Bluegrass of 2008

The year's best bluegrass music is chock full of harmonies that recall classic dueting brothers, tight-knit family pickin', and even bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass.


Wednesday, December 17 2008

The Best Country Music of 2008

The year's best country music may be topped by archival releases from deceased artists, but the living managed to offer a strong alternative to the Nashvegas machine.


Columns

Tuesday, December 8 2009

The Music That Matters: Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe, Part Two

During the height of his career, Bill Monroe fielded a baseball team that would organize pickup games in each town in order to drum up publicity for that evening's concert.


Tuesday, November 3 2009

The Music That Matters Part One: Bill Monroe and Ralph Rinzler

In the late '30s and '40s, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys were the biggest stars in country music, but when he appeared onstage at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, he did so after a number of years spent toiling in relative obscurity.


Tuesday, October 6 2009

Rosanne Cash on Johnny Cash's List

Johnny Cash was a serious scholar of music, and this knowledge was reflected in his own work, which included covers of everyone and everything from Jimmie Rodgers to Nine Inch Nails, oldtime hymns to reggae.


Monday, September 7 2009

Louisiana Woman, Texas Troubadour

Need more duets in your life? Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb are among country music's best partnerships.


Tuesday, August 18 2009

Hockey Skatin’ Singing Cowgirls

Country music ain’t the sole purview of the southern part of the northern hemisphere: Canada has its share of fireside soul(ful) singers, too.


Reviews

Wednesday, December 9 2009

Adam Steffey: One More for the Road

If this isn't the best bluegrass record of the year, it's because Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Chubby Wise have returned and formed the Undead Mountain Boys.


Thursday, August 13 2009

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: Lonely Street

Doyle Lawson is no spring chicken, but he delivers traditional bluegrass music with the energy of a man half his age.


Tuesday, August 4 2009

King Wilkie: King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers

Imagine the Royal Tenenbaums as portrayed in a concept Americana album, only without Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow (trust us, it's better this way).


Sunday, August 2 2009

Tift Merritt: Buckingham Solo

Alt-country songbird flies solo on an excellent live album.


Tuesday, June 23 2009

Slaid Cleaves: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

This is the album of Slaid Cleaves's career. It's also the best alt-country album of 2009 thus far.


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