country

Kacey Musgraves: The Country Star Who Calls Out Gender Norms

Kacey Musgraves is looking to change a mammoth, 44.6... Read more »

Gone Country: Five Things to Love (and Five Things to Shove) About Nashville

Last night, nine million of us set aside our differences, turned on our TVs, and watched Connie Britton and Hayden Panetierre go country. That’s right y’all, it was the premiere of ABC’s Nashville, a Music City version of All About Eve with enough rhinestones,... Read more »

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 »

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