Eric Church doesn’t care about the Nashville mainstream. Or at least, that’s what he wants you to think. Church has made a career out of toeing the line and then stepping over it with glee, only to teasingly step back over into more accessible fare. For every “Talladega,” there’s a “Devil, Devil” or a “Lightning” […]Read More ‘Desperate Man’: A Tale of Two Churches
This article originally appeared as a blog post on the Victoria Advocate on August 15, 2015. Photo found here. About a year ago, I went back to Fort Worth for TCU’s Homecoming Weekend. It was a wonderful time full of visits from people I hadn’t seen in a while, and TCU won their game, so […]Read More ‘Kill the Lights,’ the party’s over
This article originally appeared on the Victoria Advocate as a blog post on July 10, 2015. Photo found here. September 11, 2001 shook every American to their core, but in the music world, it looked like it affected country artists the most. From Alan Jackson’s tender “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” to Toby […]Read More A new kind of patriotic song
This post originally appeared as a blog on the Victoria Advocate on July 1, 2015. Photo found here. Country music isn’t the first genre your mind leaps to when you think of same-sex marriage advocates. The industry has a long history of praising conservative artists and courting a conservative fan base. But many country artists’ […]Read More In light of SCOTUS ruling, what’s next for country music?
This originally appeared as a blog post at the Victoria Advocate on June 23, 2015. Country music used to be about stories. I grew up listening to stuff like “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Mama Tried.” They were songs that had […]Read More Kacey Musgraves and Corey Smith: Two storytellers in a genre full of buzzwords
This originally appeared as a blog post at the Victoria Advocate on June 17, 2015. Carrie Underwood’s awards take at the CMT Music Awards last week got me thinking about the state of women in country music. In the current era of bro-country and watered-down Budweiser drinking lyrics, it’s hard to find substantive lyrics sung […]Read More Female artists win awards, but we still have bro-country lyrics
This originally appeared as a blog post in the Victoria Advocate on June 9, 2015. In case you missed it last week, former Texas governor Rick Perry kicked off his second campaign for president of the United States at a rally at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas last Thursday. Flanked by his wife, Anita, and […]Read More Rick Perry: Supporter of guns, border control and…country rap?