Articles tagged country music

Why Country Music Really Needs Kacey Musgraves

At a time when mainstream country music is perceived as too pop, Musgraves has the potential to bring it back to the basics -- and in a progressive fashion, too.

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‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.

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4 Jun 2014 // 2:06 AM

Miranda Lambert: Platinum

Here's a chart-baiting country album that also happens to be an exploration of the spoils, perils, and hypocrisies of female stardom.

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You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.

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Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

For a genre that seems to be split between bubblegum and alternative, Sturgill Simpson is a breath of fresh air.

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17 Apr 2014 // 2:05 AM

Rodney Crowell: Tarpaper Sky

With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends.

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15 Apr 2014 // 2:14 AM

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.

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‘Outlaw’ Is an Entertaining, Authoritative Account of Nashville’s Rebel Years

Three of country music's biggest names, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, and how they changed one of America's most conservative music scenes.

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Always It’s You: Why the Everly Brothers Still Matter

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy pay tribute to the Everlys with What the Brothers Sang, and the Chapin Sisters with A Date With the Everly Brothers, in their new tribute albums.

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Americana May Be Country, But Country Is Rarely Americana

Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.

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The Barbaric (and Poetic) Yawp of Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne performs live for you on 6 February 2012.

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High Flying: Pop Goes Country

1991 was a significant, even historic year, for country music, giving a strong indication of the direction it would take from then on to now.

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A Thousand Ways to Love, a Thousand Ways to be Hurt: The Legacy of Lefty Frizzell

Like others of his honky-tonk ilk, Lefty Frizzell embodies the story of wits and perseverance in a time when poverty gripped portions of the South in a steadfast grip.

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15 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Ronnie Dunn: Ronnie Dunn

“I’ve waited 20 years to make this record,” Ronnie Dunn says in a video on the making of his first solo album. His patience wore out and now he’s clawing at our eyes and screaming in our ears for attention. He wants us to listen, and we should.

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A Happy Family from the Land of Oz

The country-pop singer Kasey Chambers’ Little Bird has already gone gold in Australia, but it won’t be released in America until July 14th on

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Country-music siblings Secret Sisters didn’t stay secret long

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not so long ago it would have been a dream come true for sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers of Muscle Shoals, Ala., to

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Loretta Lynn Shines on “Fist City”

Loretta Lynn recently performed in Des Moines, Iowa to a sold out crowd of 1,200 fans. Actually, it was more of a family show. Lynn’s

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Dixie Chicks: The Essential Dixie Chicks

This is an evocative selection that captures a profound recent history not only in the Dixie Chicks’ career, but in the recent history of female country music.

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Great Big Sea: Safe Upon the Shore

Great Big Sea is, at its heart, a party band, and there is pretty much one thing that its music is a soundtrack to in Canada: drinking your face off.

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‘Cigar Box Banjo’  Is a Nice Parting Gift From One of Canada’s Most Talented Writers

Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.

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Blood and Thunder: Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ at 40

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"In 1975, with lawyers in the studio and a financial empire crumbling, Black Sabbath fought back with their last classic album of the decade.

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