“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak, and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash
“Country music is music for adults. Rock and roll is about adolescents — their young loves and lusts, their rebellions, and their insecurities. No such generation gap exists in country music…. country music sings about adult concerns: marriage, work, children, memories. It also sings frankly and poignantly about adult problems: divorce, single parenthood, alcoholism, job woes, money worries, loneliness, death.” (Honky-Tonk Gospel, p 12)
“The worldview of Christianity — specifically, the battle between human sin and God’s grace — is a recurring theme in country music, a genre that is fast becoming one of the most popular American music styles.
“In this intriguing cultural analysis, the authors explore the intense spiritual tensions and differing values that emerge so clearly in contemporary country music by examining its history, selected artists, and themes. Most important, Honky-Tonk Gospel answers a compelling question: How is it that country artists can sing about a Saturday night bash at a honky-tonk and then turn around and extol the praises of going to worship on Sunday?
“As the authors point out, the country music worldview is large enough to encompass both sin and grace. In fact, country music is so appealing because it sings about almost every facet of life — hard times and all.”
BOOK – Honky-Tonk Gospel: The Story of Sin and Salvation in Country Music – http://www.amazon.com/Honky-Tonk-Gospel-Story-Salvation-Country/dp/0801063558
VIDEO – How Johnny Cash spoke to the heart of America – http://youtu.be/aSQ7gMrk5yU
VIDEO – Johnny Cash: The Last Great American (BBC Documentary (2004) – http://youtu.be/xjxFdTTy1hU
VIDEO – Walk The Line (Full Movie) – http://megashare.info/watch-walk-the-line-online-TkRrMk53PT0
BOOK – The Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook: Classic Country – http://www.amazon.com/The-Acoustic-Guitar-Chord-Songbook/dp/0711995451/
VIDEO – Johnny Cash – Hurt – http://youtu.be/3aF9AJm0RFc