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”
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
Editor’s note: This is a re-upload from a previous blog. Originally, I had planned to update this to include Lyle Lovett’s debut, self-titled album. Ultimately I decided against it because after going through most of his discography, in my opinion it’s not really his best work, nor did it have the same historical impact these three albums did. With that said, I have updated this … Continue reading The Class Of 1986: The Heart, Future, And Spirit Of Country Music
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