Country music and musicians.
By: Brian Berger
He was country when country wasn’t cool.
By: Devin McKinney
A convincingly defeatist song about the end of the world.
By: Jerrold Freitag
The ghost in Cash’s machine was Sturm und Drang Romanticism.
Her energy, wit and lithe sexuality made her a star.
He made us wonder whether we’ll ever figure anything out.
By: Peggy Nelson
Toast is not on the menu.
By: Mark Kingwell
Without him there would be no Nashville scene.
By: Mimi Lipson
The sophistication of Jones’s voice has never diminished its authenticity.
By: Matthew Battles
The African legacy of the father of country music.
His nickname — pronounced “Hi-Lo” — honored his vocal range.
“The greatest song hound of all.”
Nobody in American music did more with less.
By: Joshua Glenn
A scene from TENDER MERCIES (1983)
He fused old-timey vernacular, post-Dylan poetics, and orchestral pop.
By: David Smay
Forget HEE HAW — he was of the architects of the country sound.