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Johnny Cash’s ‘American IV’: A Farewell to the Man in Black

Johnny Cash’s ‘American IV’: A Farewell to the Man in Black

Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around was the final album released while alive, and contains some of Cash’s best and most crucial work.

The Case for Country Music and Its Poetry of Pain

The Case for Country Music and Its Poetry of Pain

One has to go along with the flow of existence, no matter what suffering it brings. These country music artists give form to sadness and beauty to despair.

Loney Hutchins Digs Up ‘Buried Loot’

Loney Hutchins Digs Up ‘Buried Loot’

“Pinball King” was the biggest hit in country music 35 years ago. Or at least it could have been. Loney Hutchins cut a remarkable number of tracks that could have made him a star.

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2010

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2010

The synthesis of the past, present, and future was so much of what country music was about in 2010. Country was still fairly male-dominated in the era, although the changing winds, wherein women would create the most forward-looking music, were already beginning to blow.

Friends and Family Celebrate the Man in Black on ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’

Friends and Family Celebrate the Man in Black on ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’

It's with a deeply shared respect that the gathered family, friends, and artists on Forever Words have completed Johnny Cash's newly found poetry and lyrics into well-crafted collaborations.

Packing Bags and Hittin’ the Road: A Look Back on Music Gatherings of Yore

Packing Bags and Hittin’ the Road: A Look Back on Music Gatherings of Yore

Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?
Persona and Modern Music in 17 Songs

Persona and Modern Music in 17 Songs

Persona -- the ā€œIā€ of the song -- has evolved, broadened, and expanded to more fully represent a diversity of experiences as well as emotional, political, and cultural orientations.
Holding on to Hag: Remembering Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Holding on to Hag: Remembering Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Merle Haggard died at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of authentic country music.
Johnny Cash: Koncert v Praze (In Prague – Live)

Johnny Cash: Koncert v Praze (In Prague – Live)

The abridged Koncert v Praze (In Prague ā€“ Live) ranks as the most egregious profiteering on Johnny Cash's name to date.
Counterbalance: Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

Counterbalance: Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

This week, we're stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin' on. Actually it went by pretty fast as we listened to the 157th most acclaimed album of all time. Do the roots of roots music start here?
Dan Bern: Hoody

Dan Bern: Hoody

Red states got the Waffle House. Blue states don't. Dan Bern goes classic country.
Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Going hand-in-hand with the ongoing museum exhibit of the same name, A New Music City does an outstanding job defining the sweeping influence of Dylan and Cash throughout the 1960s and 1970s.