Pop Goes The Country Vol. 8: Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Sixteen Tons” (1955)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing feature where I explore country music’s biggest crossover hits. It’s no secret that country music’s reliance on authenticity and story-telling is one of its richest qualities. Even if one can’t directly relate to drinking their life away or whatever other sad topic country music touches, there’s still value… Read More Pop Goes The Country Vol. 8: Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Sixteen Tons” (1955)

Pop Goes The Country Vol. 2: Tex Williams – “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” (1947)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing feature where I explore country music’s biggest crossover hits.  The spirit of the early American pioneers lived on well into the 20th century. Nowhere was this more evident than in the 1930s when Southwesterners churned out some of the most lively and enduring music in our history, even… Read More Pop Goes The Country Vol. 2: Tex Williams – “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” (1947)