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...]

Pop Stars, The Israelites & The Necessity of Lament

Some say the blues were originally gospel music that talked about what you couldn't talk about in church. All music that has stemmed from the blues (i.e., most forms of American popular music) has carried on this tradition, giving us musical forms which are particularly well-suited to singing sad songs. Your woman left you? Any blues singer could sing about that — and so can any rock band or hip-hop artist. However, you can be sure the issue will never be addressed in church. As Kanye raps on h … [Read more...]