Part Six – A Modern Country Music History: A Change Upon This Golden Hour (2016-2019)

In the grand finale to this series, we check back in with Miranda Lambert, discuss some new names and faces, Black artists in country music, Kentucky and Red Dirt, Boyfriend country, the rise of Luke Combs and Ashley McBryde, Old Town Road, and the Highwomen.… Read More Part Six – A Modern Country Music History: A Change Upon This Golden Hour (2016-2019)

Part Three – A Modern Country Music History: We Were Both Young When I First Saw You (2005-2012)

Country music’s story in the latter half of the 2000s is less about the events that shape it and more about the artists – new and old – who rose to prominence during the time period. And as Gretchen Wilson proved unable to maintain consistent success and longevity within the genre, two women emerged from newly growing mediums to foster a way forward.… Read More Part Three – A Modern Country Music History: We Were Both Young When I First Saw You (2005-2012)

Part Two – A Modern Country Music History: They Don’t Have Cash and They Don’t Sound Haggard (1996-2005)

Part two explores the rise and fall of one of country music’s biggest trios, plus delves into the genre’s messy post-9/11 politics and the changing business practices that impacted the entire genre. Along the way, as both Garth Brooks and Shania Twain exited to focus on family, the spotlight turns toward the rise of certain artists that are still consistent hit-makers to this day.… Read More Part Two – A Modern Country Music History: They Don’t Have Cash and They Don’t Sound Haggard (1996-2005)