Country music has always mystified me. On the one hand, the songs always seem to focus on alcohol, failed relationships, and poverty - subjects that have spawned fantastic art for years. On the other hand, popular country music has been virtually unlistenable for at least the last twenty years.
Like many people, I had a brief but intense relationship with country music in the mid-1990s. College couldn't come quickly enough, and, with it, an appreciation for music that delved a little deeper than, "Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee/It gets hotter than a hoochie cootchie." Of course, tha ... More >>
(And please don't call 'em "honky-tonk.")
We speak out against democracy, worry about Snoop and let Team Tomato give themselves a hand
Week of November 28, 2001
The music made inside Velasco's bar in Florissant is both defiant and relaxed