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”

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Blood On The Bluegrass

Author’s preface: I should start off this piece explaining what it is and isn’t. What this isn’t is a complete history of bluegrass. That’s just not something you can do for a blog post. What this is is a study of the bluegrass genre and a slight history of its roots, formation, troubles and finally, Gothic qualities and what actually makes bluegrass “bluegrass.” This piece … Continue reading Blood On The Bluegrass

Elvis Presley

Let’s Talk Business … The Country Music Business

Warning: Language Imagine this – you’re a country music scholar looking to answer the question, “what is country music?” Is it the moan of the steel guitar that makes a country song? Do you have to be southern born and raised? Do you have to mention mama, trucks, trains and alcohol? You don’t really know, but you’re determined and well on your way to finding … Continue reading Let’s Talk Business … The Country Music Business

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Swamp Opera: The Story Of Clayton McMichen

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