country

B-Sides: Goat and the Feather

The advent of Garage Band as a major media outlet for musicians and songwriters has provided a great many opportunities for the reinvention of the earnest acoustic wheel in the last... Read more »

Remembering Kitty Wells, Queen of Country Music

Kitty Wells was an amazing vocalist who paved the way for women in country music for more than seven decades. She’ll be missed, but she leaves a tremendous legacy behind. Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Are There Progressive and Feminist Voices in Country?

A couple of commenters have raised questions about progressiveness in country music. Today, I want to suggest that there are progressive voices, at least in Americana, roots, and alt country music, but those voices are limited. They are almost always white, and usually populist... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Women in Country and the Construction of Femininity

There’s a script for women in commercial country music that doesn’t necessarily coincide with more mainstream stereotypes and assumptions about women. If you’ve ever heard Carrie Underwood’s ubiquitous 2007 single, “... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: American Civil Religion and Masculinity in Country Music

Toby Keith is back with a brand new ode to God and country called “Made in America” (lyrics): Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Gillian Welch's "Dark Turn of Mind"

Americana artist Gillian Welch has always included southern Christian imagery in her work. Though not native to the South, her music is at its most comfortable when it explores the tragedy and violence of working-class survival in the region. Welch and partner David Rawlings write and record sparse... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: An Introduction

My name is Kristin Rawls, and, yes, I am a preacher’s daughter. I’m in my early 30s, and I was raised in an unusual blend of Protestant traditions. The preacher (my dad) grew up in the Southern Baptist church, got “saved” during the Pentecostal-influenced “Jesus movement” of the 1970s... Read more »

BitchTapes: Country Roses

Sure, Poison may have had a hit with “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” and the Portlander in me will always love Elliott Smith's “Rose Parade,” but no other genre pays tribute to music's favorite flower quite like country. So, without further ado, here's a mix of classic country crooners... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: "Mother" Maybelle Carter

In honor of Mother’s Day, today’s Adventures in Feministory is about one of the “mothers” of country music and modern guitar playing: Mother Maybelle Carter. Read more »

B-Sides: Lucinda Williams

It's taken me more than a decade to come around to Lucinda Williams. When I was in middle school, my dad came suddenly into my room and put a CD in my stereo with no... Read more »

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