Shot Through Your Cheatin’ Heart: “Open Pit Mine” and Country’s Cuckolded Killers

Country Gothic In her oft-cited 1998 essay, “Bloody Daggers and Lonesome Graveyards: The Gothic and Country Music,” Teresa Goddu contrasts “bluegrass” and country. I put “bluegrass” in quotes because the term in the essay mostly means songs that carry the legacy of  what Goddu refers to as “the Gothic.” Bluegrass does … → read more

Independence Day

Martina McBride Prologue – “Hell is for Children” Pat Benatar gave my sister and me a pass, so to speak, on the normal rules of appropriate language for children–at least the rules in our house, or more specifically, our car. Singing along with the radio in the car was a … → read more