Thus far, these pieces have been inspired by books I’ve read and albums I love. This piece was inspired by an old DVD I have. As I sat and re-watched my copy of “The Best of The Johnny Cash Show,” I couldn’t help but love the way it was done. The musical performances featured legends in their prime, and Cash wasn’t afraid to think outside … Continue reading The Johnny Cash Show – An Unfortunate Victim of the Rural Purge
My buddy Nathan Kanuch and I collaborated on a piece about the country-rock movement. You can read that over on his website here. Continue reading The Epic Scene of Country-Rock
Editor’s note: By writing this piece, I am in no way supporting or condemning the Dixie Chicks’ actions in this piece. As always, my focus is on the real story. “Because of the Bush comments.” Well yeah, duh, but then how come country artists were allowed to have differing opinions during the Vietnam War? How come Merle Haggard could release “America First” with little reception? … Continue reading Why Were The Dixie Chicks Banned From Country Radio?
To open with a cliché, a picture paints a thousand words. In Thomas Hart Benton’s case, his final painting not only spoke a thousand words, but also captured country music’s spirit and its history. I remember coming across this picture randomly on Google around a year ago. To tell the truth, I was looking for a cool picture to make as my header picture for a … Continue reading Country Music In One Painting, And Thomas Hart Benton’s Final Piece
If it wasn’t clear that certain country legends were on their way out of the mainstream by the time the class of 1986 showed up, it was more than clear by the time the class of 1989 came around. Sure, Garth Brooks could make statements such as “George Jones needs to be on the radio,” but it wouldn’t work. It might have been for the … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Loretta Lynn – ‘Van Lear Rose’
Country music has its fair share of common themes. Drinking, cheating, speaking to the downtrodden … even murder is a fair bit more common than it should be. Plights of the homeless and dream sequences aren’t quite as common, but they came together beautifully on Craig Morgan’s breakthrough hit, “Almost Home” back in 2002. Another common theme of country songs is capturing the feeling of … Continue reading “Almost Home” – A Song With Multiple Meanings
Editor’s note: I originally published this on May 30, 2018 on another outlet. If you’ve read it before, it’s the exact same piece from before. Unlike other posts I’ll be re-uploading, I chose to keep this as it was since I already went as far with my research as I possibly could (with the resources I have that is). This was my first attempt at … Continue reading A Literal Murder On Music Row: The Story Of Dave Akeman (Stringbean)
Last edited July 20, 2018 This blog is dedicated to covering country music’s history, so why the heck is it called “swamp opera” of all things? Well … meet Clayton McMichen. Despite him smiling up there with his hat and fiddle, McMichen didn’t care much for the “country” image. Born in Allatoona, Georgia on Jan. 26, 1900, McMichen developed his fiddle playing skills from his father … Continue reading Swamp Opera: The Story Of Clayton McMichen