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Windy City Turn Loose My Baby: Alison Krauss Absolves the Sins of the Nashville Sound

Alison Krauss‘ new release Windy City is a journey forward into the past of Country music. I kick myself that back when Alison was starting out as a youngster in Central Illinois, I was wasting my college days in Urbana-Champaign … Continue reading

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In Search of… American Roots Music at the Grammy Awards

William Bell won the Best Americana Album Grammy Award earlier this month for This Is Where I Live, released on a revived Stax label. A lot of people said nice things about the award and what a great artist Mr. Bell … Continue reading

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Political Order and Political Decay in the Time of Trump

Political Order and Political Decay is the second part of Francis Fukuyama’s epic tome of political economy begun in 2011 with The Origins of Political Order.  The 2014 follow-up fills out the 2011 tome’s theory of politics as biology with consideration of … Continue reading

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Pancho Villa Crossed the Border…and got US into the Great War

Pancho Villa crossed the border in the year of ought sixteen The people of Columbus still hear him riding through their dreams He killed seventeen civilians you could hear the women scream Blackjack Pershing on a dancing horse was waiting … Continue reading

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JC’s Top Tunes of 2016

I played a lot of music during the January cold, streamed KRFC-FM more in February, March and April.  I’m still not quite sure why I spiked my last.fm scrobbles in May before spending more time outside in June.  July, August … Continue reading

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2016 Blog Posts in Review—Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

2016 was a year for the books.  I read a lot more this year, and listened to a lot of good music, so that’s a good thing.  On the other hand, as demographics and biology would decree, our Greatest Generation … Continue reading

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Americana Albums for 2016

Americana is a broad and ill-defined genre, which really seemed to fit the world we live in in 2016.  It’s more authentic, roots music than Country radio pushed out by Nashville’s Music Row.  It’s a Big Tent—a bit more friendly … Continue reading

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On the Brink of War — America’s Christmas 1916

Christmas 1916 found America walking a tightrope of neutrality as the World endured the third year of the Great War.  While the Assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in June 1914 precipitated the global conflict, the roots … Continue reading

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Top Americana Tunes for 2016 — From Radio and Print

The top music of the year lists are coming out in time for Xmas holiday gift-giving. I’m more of a traditionalist and save MY lists for 1 January, but you can’t fight the machine all of the time. So think … Continue reading

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The Election of 1916: “America First” to First World War

100 years ago, in November of 1916, America was also recovering from a controversial Presidential election.  Progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson, PhD, had taken the U.S. presidency in 1912, when the Republican Party had split between incumbent President William Howard Taft … Continue reading

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