The story of American roots music incorporates the story of America’s growth itself. The tale of the populations that formed the country, what they lived through, and what they were happy and sad about.
What is a country song? They came out of Appalachian hillbilly and Western music. Today there are many “crossover” songs: country-pop.
We were looking for the greatest American patriotic marches. It turns out almost all were written by John Philip Sousa.
It may have been a while since you listened to an American patriotic song. Maybe around a holiday, like the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Recently we wrote about our national anthem. That reminded us to take a look (and listen) back at some songs that weren’t that, but almost that sort of thing. …