Carolina Chocolate Drops: A Reminder That Nothing Is Black and White

American Music has never, ever, ever had a racial monopoly. Even though in the last few decades the media has reinforced the idea that Rap is “Black music” and Country is “White music”. Not too many folks would come right out and say that (“What about Emeniem and Darius Rucker?!” They might say…), but it’s a signature American unspoken norm.However, nothing could be farther from the truth. “White” Rock & Roll would be nonexistent without the Blues and the amazing African American musician … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: What It Sounds Like and the Weird Categories of Americana/Folk Grammys

Each week in God and Country Music, Nick Rynerson gives country music a chance and examines the world of Americana, folk, alt-country, and popular country music.Americana/Folk has always been a fluid, hard-to-define genre. It's almost best defined as the-genre-for-music-with-guitars-that-can’t-fit-nicely-into-any-other-genre. And maybe that’s the way it should be for a genre significantly less touched by commercialism than other headline-Grammy-nomination-genres.Recent redefinitions of Gr … [Read more...]