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Kimberly Parish Davis: Cheating Songs

If it wasn’t a man singing a song about cheating on his woman, it was a woman singing about how she was going to get her man back from some other woman. In Daddy’s mind, he was the hero of every one of those songs.

June 26, 2021 · 9 Comments

Video: Willie Nelson | Ride Me Back Home

This song earned Willie his ninth Grammy Award.

May 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: John Prine, Working Class Poet (1947-2020)

John Prine was a national treasure, whose songs about love, loss and aging – many written while he was still a relatively young man! – reflect his working class roots. But even so, they have a universal and timeless relevance.

April 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 4 Comments

Mark Allan Jackson: Reactionaries love it, but country music has a progressive heart

Right from the start, country music spoke up with a progressive voice.

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Lonesome Willcox

                            Rex Allen, The Singing Cowboy . . Willcox, Arizona is a country music town that isn’t … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Audio: Willie Nelson, Family and Friends read “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer” from the very rare collector’s DVD “Peace” by Willie Nelson, Family and Friends. . “The War Prayer,” a short story or prose poem by Mark … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

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