God And Country Music: New Avett Brothers Album Means Only Good Things

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Yesterday, the Avett Brothers announced a new single and an upcoming album, Magpie and the Dandelions. After only about a year since their last release, The Avett Brothers are cranking out another album and that is good news for fans because, really, a bad Avett Brothers album is still a good album. Their last album The Carpenter was a bad Avett Brothers album compared to 2009’s I And Love And You or 2004’s Mignonette, but it still has some of the most beautiful songs of 2012 on it. Really, it's … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: What It Sounds Like and the Weird Categories of Americana/Folk Grammys

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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.Americana/Folk has always been a fluid, hard-to-define genre. It's almost best defined as the-genre-for-music-with-guitars-that-can’t-fit-nicely-into-any-other-genre. And maybe that’s the way it should be for a genre significantly less touched by commercialism than other headline-Grammy-nomination-genres.Recent redefinitions of Gr … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Music of 2012

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The Christ and Pop Culture writers got together and hashed out our list of the best music we heard this year. Here's what we came up with. Update: check out these and more of our favorite albums on Spotify here.  1) Mumford & Sons - BabelThe second album by the most recent Brits-to-do-American-music-better-than-Americans was one of 2012's most anticipated albums in many different circles: the radio crowd, country music fans, rockabilly kids, and Americana-heads all bought Babel (or l … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: "Salvation Song”–The Heart and Wisdom of the Avett Brothers

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.Under the wide umbrella of country music that spans from (questionably) Taylor Swift to Roy Acuff there are few acts that transcend definition and stir their fans like the Avett Brothers. The Avett Brothers, a North Carolina outfit headed by two very talented siblings, have been hard to classify but easy to love. They posses virtuosic … [Read more...]


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