A Tiny Collection and a Teensy Conspiracy Theory: Best Banned Country Songs

The short story of country music is this: women have been telling some dirt truth for a while as a means of survival, as a preservation of history, and as a matter of story telling, teaching, and identity shaping.  That’s all fine and good when you can sing with your friends on your porch, but […]


Continuing TOP TEN country hits this week.  3.  Chillin’ It, by Cole Swindell (oddly prophetic name) I don’t know if I’ve been avoiding writing about this soon-to-be forever classic “Chillin’ It,” because I dread it or because I don’t want it to be over.  Maybe this song more than any of the others manages to […]

Washed in His Blood: God Bless Something

Fanny Crosby – blind abolitionist activist – penned almost every hymn you know. It was good that she was blind, she said, for the first face she’d ever see would be her savior’s in paradise. Now if you search for Blessed Assurance, it’s basically just Alan Jackson unplugged. I sort of apologize for this inclusion, […]

I wanna Check you for the Black Plague: Metaphysical Lingerings in a 21st Century Ohio River Blood Ballad

TICKS If you write a well-intentioned song that a post-high school educated class of Americans calls hideously tone-deaf at best and deeply, ignorantly racist at worst, you will have no shortage of defenders. If you write a song in which you make an extended, tedious, man-cave-y joke about how “men” are filthy, opportunistic cretins whose […]