God and Country Music: 'No Depression' in Heaven

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.  Alternative Country music has had a difficult time defining itself over the last few decades. Like most genres it is made up of sub-genres and everybody has their own sound and each band has different influences and vision. Because of this, fans and bands answer cow-punk to Americana to rockabilly to alt-country to ‘sort of … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Purity & Party in Nashville

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 ain't no angel/I still got a still few more dances with the devil/I’m cleanin up my act, little by little/I’m getting there/I can finally stand the man in the mirror/ I see I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get/But I’m better than I used to be That is how Tim McGraw’s new hit FM Country song “Better Than I Used To Be” … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Gillian Welch’s Soul Journey

  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 those familiar with Gillian Welch’s music, it is no stretch to call her music some of the best country music to come out of Nashville in the last fifty years. For those who are not quite as familiar with Welch, you might be surprised to see where she has shown up: all over the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: The Decemberists as Americana’s Newest Converts

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.  Recently, country music acquired a new convert: The Decemberists. Having long been indie-rock heroes with a reputation for releasing records with abnormally wonderful songwriting and a flare for the literary, their 2011 efforts The King Is Dead and Long Live the King (EP) crossed into my camp, i.e., old time country music. Recorded … [Read more...]


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