Full Moon, Dark Heart: Eddie Noack’s “Psycho”

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I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times. — Robert Bloch, Psycho (1959) Just out of sight In the summer of 1968, a peculiar country and western song came and went to little fanfare on a small Nashville record label. Sung by a fading honky-tonker who … → read more

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