Country Music, Plain and Simple

Born and bred in the South, I take country music to heart. 

I grew up loving Alan Jackson, then hated him and all country music for years until I met my friend Krista - a Connecticut-born blondie in Greenpoint, Brooklyn who secretly loved country music. So we loved it together, and would sing it strolling down our Brooklyn streets and after a drink (or many) in our Brooklyn bars.

My interest in country music recently peeked when I realized that I knew nothing about classic country music. A travesty for a North Carolina-born, Georgia-raised gal with Texas roots. So I did what any self-respecting Southern gal would do and I asked my folks for their recommendations, which are the songs that make up this post.

Now, get into it: put on the tunes, pour yourself some iced tea (or, heck, spiked apple cider), and don't forget to dress appropriately:



Fun fact about The Light Crust Doughboys: their name actually stems from an advertising promotion for Light Crust Flour.  

Good Reads

Happy Friday! A few things from around the internet worth reading (or watching) over the weekend.

Abigail Washburn—who blends banjo music with the Chinese language—performs at TED.

The trailer for this Elle Fanning movie, which makes me want to dye my hair red.

Alice Munro's "Amundsen" from The New Yorker—once again found on Paragraph.

I used to hate Macklemore, and now I kind of love him. Watch his Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Ryan lewis.