God and Country Music: 5 Christmas Country Songs That Aren’t Awful

As much as I love Country music—even the bad stuff—when Christmas comes around, Country music seems to spit out some really bad tracks (it’s not that I don’t think Alan Jackon’s Christmas album isn’t very good it’s just… okay, it’s exactly that). But I want you know that it doesn’t have to be this way! There is some wonderful Christmas music that has that high and lonesome sound—you’ve just got to look for it.Christmas albums are by nature somewhat stale. It takes real talent to make a beauti … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Ronnie Fauss and the Narrative Heart of No Depression

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.Great Americana music isn’t too difficult to find, at least if you are searching for it. Not because there is an abundance of it but because you can tell who gets Americana music (or No Depression) by looking at their influences and the bands they cover. And slowly, one great artist will lead you to another great artist and so on. If … [Read more...]