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About the Musical Divide:
My name is Zackary Kephart, and The Musical Divide launched as my way of connecting with the country music community. I don’t consider this a journalistic outlet, but my main area of interest with this blog is to write critical reviews, mostly for country music-related items (and, of course, its many offshoots and musical adjacent cousins).
While I don’t consider The Musical Divide to be a music recommendation website, I’m always happy to share (what I consider to be) good music. But through my reviews, my hope with this website is to be a better thinker and writer as well as understand why I like or dislike certain music; I believe that’s how we find ultimate joy from it. I value everyone’s opinion and perspective here, and while “divide” is in the name, my hope is to bridge those gaps in taste we have to be better music fans.
Why “The Musical Divide?”
To me, country music is heavily fragmented. That’s not a statement on the genre in the current day (though it certainly applies), but rather an observation of its history. “Country music,” as a term, means something different to every individual artist, critic or fan you can ask, and between traditionalists wanting to fight for real country music as well as pop country fans wanting something progressive, it leads to a broken family.
But I think we’re more alike than we aren’t, and that statement extends to whether you’re a country music fan or not. I call this website what it is because, ultimately, we aren’t going to agree on everything. I believe that opinions can, and should, change with more time and knowledge gained. Whether it’s through finding a new favorite artist, having a thoughtful conversation on something we love or something else entirely, that’s where we bridge those gaps. At The Musical Divide, I care more about what you think, so always feel free to share thoughts, especially if you have any tips or recommendations for how I can improve this website.
Lastly, I’m a proud contributor to Country Universe.
The Musical Divide Starter Pack
- The Origin of My Country Music Fascination: A Tribute to My Grandparents (January 2021)
- Country Music’s Been Everywhere, Man (April 2020)
- The Unbroken Circle: Tom T. Hall – “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” (1971) (March 2020)
- The Melting Pot: Precious Memories (February 2020)
- A Short History Of Alternative Country Music
- From A Fan: Thank You, Bob Kingsley (October 2019)
- Pop Goes The Country Vol. 32: Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named Sue” (1969) (August 2019)
- Let’s Talk Business … The Country Music Business
- Breaking The Bond Between Country Music And The Radio (Thesis) (May 2019)