Classic Album Review: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

Some associate the term “honky-tonk” with a location – a bar where country music is played. That’s the right definition, for sure, but in country music, honky-tonk symbolizes a sound and a feeling captured by very few artists. Sometimes it’s raucous fun as evidenced by Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya,” and other times it’s downright tragic and depressing like on … well shoot, where do I start? … Continue reading Classic Album Review: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

Johnny Cash at Folsom

The Magic And Controversy Behind “Folsom Prison Blues”

In the movie, Walk The Line, Joaquin Phoenix Johnny Cash performs “Folsom Prison Blues” after Sam Phillips tells him to sing a song that actually matters. It’s quite the contrast from what country music is today. Of course, “Folsom Prison Blues” didn’t actually stem from Cash’s audition with Sun Records, but there is an element of truth to the scene. Cash was at his best … Continue reading The Magic And Controversy Behind “Folsom Prison Blues”

Dale Watson

The Birth Of Alt-Country And (Some Of) The Artists Involved

Warning: Language (Trying To Define) Alt-Country And The Punk-Rock/Country Fusion There’s always been darkness on the edge of the “country music town” so to speak. For one, it’s hard to pin it down to one exact definition. Travis Tritt for example may speak of fighting for true country music, but he was also an artist who pulled from rock music back in his day, a … Continue reading The Birth Of Alt-Country And (Some Of) The Artists Involved