Throughout the years, I’ve fantasized about correcting my wildly unbalanced musical education by spending a year immersing myself in a foreign genre. (Yes, that is what critics fantasize about. That and elaborate new ways to file their CD and DVD collections.) I daydreamed about correcting the lopsided nature of my musical education by pulling a massive 180 in my listening habits. Instead of listening overwhelmingly to only one genre of music, I’d do something completely different and listen overwhelmingly to a different genre.Since hip-hop and country are two of America's most distinctive - and misunderstood - musical creations, it'll be interesting to see how this develops. In the first week, Rabin is taking things easy and starting with Johnny Cash's American Recordings.
While listening to Billy Joe Shaver’s “Been To Georgia On A Fast Train” earlier this year, I had an epiphany. I decided that now was as good a time as any to put my plan into action [...] This year, I decided to stop dreaming about pursuing a super-intense yearlong crash course in country, and start doing it.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Website: Nashville or Bust @ The A.V. Club
We haven't recommended a website for a while now, so the musically interested among you may be intrigued by a new series that's just started at the A.V. Club. In Nashville or Bust, hip-hop writer Nathan Rabin is taking time out to explore the wide world of country music. In his own words: