Loretta Lynn’s music articulated the fears, dreams and anger of women living in a patriarchal society.
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Through songs such as ‘The Pill,’ Lynn addressed issues confronting all women. The country star died on Oct. 4 at age 90.
Looking for the meaning of Lil Nas X’s latest video? The detail is in the devil.
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The video for Lil Nas X’s latest track is provocative and erotic. It also fits into a tradition of turning the tables on those seeking to oppress marginalized groups through religious dogma.
The country artist Charley Pride was one a few black artists who achieved success within country music in the 60s and 70s.
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While the genre is now overwhelming white, its roots are in Black music.
A winter dawn in Brisbane.
With his wonderful voice, fondness for strings and whistling and sad, beautiful stories, this American singer-songwriter lifts the spirits.
Calgary performers persist in the face of uncertainty, and use music to voice dissent and to create community.
While some stereotype Alberta as a “conservative” province, the bucking and swift horses that typify the Calgary Stampede speak to a more complex spirit of risk seen in local musicians.
Dolly Parton is having a pop culture moment. The ‘Dolly Parton’s America’ podcast explores belonging and ‘home.’ Here she performs with Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.
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Why does Dolly Parton have such broad appeal, across lines of race, nationality, gender identity and sexual orientation?
Country superstar Dolly Parton has a huge following across Africa.
Africa’s broadcasters have a large role to play to ensure that country and western grows to its full potential on the continent.
In Las Vegas, 1970.
The singer was not ‘middle of the road’. He was a bridge across it.
Country music executives seem intent on crafting a homogenous genre for the masses.
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For 50 years, country music executives in Nashville have tried to dilute the genre’s rich, diverse history.
In ‘The Last Time,’ the band’s country, gospel and blues influences would be put on display.
The band’s first US hit wasn’t ‘Satisfaction.’ Released in March 1965, ‘The Last Time’ possessed stylistic flairs that would predict the band’s future success.
Through his music, Lead Belly rejected the stereotype that country music was the domain of white artists, while blues music was reserved for blacks.
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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection depicts the fully-formed artist – a blues musician, yes, but also a performer of string-band, country and pop songs.
Country music’s soaring popularity in the Northeast isn’t so much a novelty as it is a rebirth.
This past June, radio conglomerate Clear Channel (now known as iHeartRadio) announced it was converting Boston’s 101.7 FM to a country station. The story they told the Boston Globe was a familiar one…
It may have raised eyebrows for some, but it is entirely appropriate for Taylor Swift to be writing an article for the Wall Street Journal. Over the past few years she has appeared regularly in the Forbes…