God and Country Music: What Hootie Taught Me about Contextualization

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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’ve had a rocky relationship with popular country music over the years. I often find the culture surrounding it to be unapologetically ignorant and the landscape to be littered with really bad songs. However, there seem to be more really, really good songs in pop country than most any other popular genre. I try to approach pop … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Tradition, Innovation, and Old Crow Medicine Show

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 am an unashamed nostalgia-junkie: everything from the music I listen to and the books I read, to the circa 1955 portable record player that serves as the centerpiece of my living room. So naturally, the bands that I love are deeply connected to the past, especially the new bands. The bluegrass / Americana / whatever band, Old Crow … [Read more...]


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