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: How Robert Johnson Changed American Culture Forever

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. In the 1930's Robert Johnson changed music and culture forever. Though Robert Johnson was the not the father of the Delta Blues or even the best songwriter of his contemporaries (Son House gets my vote), but his mixture of mystery, image, virtuoso and timing have made him legendary. Not to mention, his guitar playing surpassed anyone o … [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...]


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