Tuesday, December 14 2010
The synthesis of the past, present and future is so much of what country music is about these days. The traditions haven’t disappeared, but the music is changing all of the time.
Wednesday, December 17 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.
Tuesday, November 18 2008
Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison wasn't a pivotal live album or country album or Cash album -- it was a piece of history unto itself, flaws and all.
Thursday, January 24 2008
The last few years have seen some mind-blowing DVD repackaging of a wide variety of musically projects. 2007 is the best yet.
Friday, December 22 2006
At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 60 records of 2006.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
A recasting of Johnny Cash's most controversial album, Bitter Tears, raises questions about the inclusiveness of American music.
Tuesday, November 16 2010
Rosanne Cash’s lyricism plays on the page as if she’s on stage with guitar in hand. You can hear the music as you read. PopMatters Jaime Karnes talks with this gifted writer of songs and stories.
Sunday, April 26 2009
Violence in music begets violence in music: female artists reclaim the murder ballad.
Tuesday, November 25 2008
Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?
Tuesday, March 25 2014
For all of its faults, this album speaks to the variety of Cash's immense body of work in a way that the much-celebrated Rick Rubin recordings simply do not.
Monday, May 27 2013
Ring of Fire offers a glimpse into the opportunities and costs June encountered, as she transitioned from her place in the Carter Family ("the First Family of Country Music") to being married to Johnny.
Thursday, May 17 2012
He can make a nonbeliever appreciate his beliefs by not, ahem, lording them over another person, but just by sharing his joy.
Monday, December 5 2011
This two-disc set provides a pretty compelling look at Cash, sometimes as a study, but often simply as a strange sort of concert.
Tuesday, July 12 2011
After Tony Tost gets all the God -- versus-Devil, dissolution and drugs -- versus rightousness and good works, and sancity -- versus-sex metaphors and references off his chest, he settles down to offer opinionated insights into each individual song on the album.
Tuesday, February 28 2012
The late Johnny Cash (who would've turned 80 this month) was a combination of Keith Richards, Elvis Presley, and Public Enemy. Only he did it first, and no one before or since ever did it quite like him.
Thursday, August 19 2010
Unfortunately, floods are back in the news. Over 20 million people in Pakistan have been impacted by the high water and more than 1,500 people have been
Sunday, February 21 2010
Let me tell you a story about my dad and Johnny Cash. Many American music lovers of a certain age could spin out such a
Wednesday, January 13 2010
"American VI: Ain't No Grave," the final studio album by Johnny Cash, will be released Feb. 26, timed to what would have been the Man in