God and Country Music: The Politics of The Dixie Chicks & American Christianity

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.http://i.ebayimg.com/t/TIME-Magazine-May-29-2006-Dixie-Chicks-back-/20/!B--py)gCGk~$(KGrHqJ,!k8Ey+jCw3Q6BM-RiFUhF!~~0_3.JPPersonally, I try to stay out of politics. I’m not registered to vote, I do not watch the news during election years and when people start talking politics with me, my favorite thing is to throw them a red herring … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: An Introduction to Country Music & Five-Dollar Albums

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.To an “outsider,” country Music looks a bit like what the Church does to a non-Christian: weird, patriotic, and artistically stale. And to be fair, most of the time it is the worst and the craziest that catches the eye of the masses (here’s looking at you Toby Keith and Ed Young). But there is a wealth of great country music just beggi … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Why White Kids Are Eating Up Hip-Hop and Country Music

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. http://media.trb.com/media/photo/2009-06/47536143.jpgPicture this scenario in your head: a rich, probably out of touch, record executive writes a song about partying, girls and living the good life and then hands it to the biggest name on his label to record. The song is a major radio hit and becomes everyone’s “favorite song” for ab … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: The Gentrification of Country Music?

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. For a time, American folk music was for the poor by the poor, written to escape the hardships and express the pain of rural brokenness. From this pain came the blues in the black community and bluegrass in the white community. Both of these styles reached the deepest and darkest places of the American landscape and made country m … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Jim White: Searching For the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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. The best art tends to come from people who are desperate--desperate to have their story told and desperate to find some meaning in their medium. The Deep South, where country music originated, is a place with a story to be told. Actually, it’s a place with a whole lot of stories to be told. Enter the weird, brilliant, strange mind of a … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: The Anatomy of a Country Song

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.  Country music is all about formula. It fits a mold that makes it stand out from any other genre. It’s got a certain sound that represents a certain group of people in a certain place. Ever since mountain people got their hands on a banjo and Roy Acuff had a twang in his voice it’s been like that. Structure makes a country song “good” or … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: "I Like Johnny Cash, but I don't like Country Music"

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. “I like Johnny Cash, but I don’t really like country music”.As a country music nerd, this is a “bridge the gap” response in many a conversation about music. Which, to be fair, who doesn’t love Johnny Cash? He walked the line! His sound is accessible, mystical and pure old time country music. His success has been cross-genre because … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: "Contemporary Christian Country Music"?

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. With the rise of legitimate Christian hip hop and the continual presence of mainstream CCM (that sounds like something of a cross between Eddie Veder and Kenny G) and even a thriving Christian hardcore scene, the Christian scene seems to have an alternative for almost every popular type of music. Well, almost every type. Somehow, the h … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: In Memory of Levon Helm

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. This week, rock and roll (and especially the Americana/folk stream) lost one of its greatest voices. The legendary Mark “Levon” Helm finally lost his long battle with throat cancer at the age of 71.Who?Levon Helm was the drummer and key vocalist for the folk-rock powerhouse, The Band, for which he was a constant for three decad … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: What are we doing here? The ACM Awards and Evangelicalism

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. The most recent ACM awards have a whole slew of popular Country Music fans (and musicians) with their saddles in a bunch. Some articles have begun to do what I have been doing for years: questioning the state of Country Music today. With KISS performing, Carrie Underwood getting raunchy and Ashton Kutcher getting harassed on Twitter f … [Read more...]


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