This summer, I am co-authoring a book on religion and country music with Justin Bronson Barringer, to be published by Fortress Academic. Our working title is God and Country (Music): Country Music as Theology.
I grew up listening to country music, and I especially love country from the 1950s to the 1990s. In High School, however, I switched from listening from country to alternative rock, because most of what I was hearing out of country radio stations seemed much more like pop music than country. While I am not a country purist at all, I do definitely prefer country music that “sounds” like country music to me. And sometimes, what sounds like country music to me isn’t actually country.
Lord Huron’s latest album, Long Lost, came out two days after my birthday, and I’ve already listened to the album upwards of 30 times. It is a wonderful belated birthday present. If you are a Lord Huron fan, you’ll know that their music combines elements of folk, rock, and country music. Their last album, Vide Noir, had a much more rock sound, and so Long Lost is a return to their original folk sound.
There is a lot to say about this album, and I think that as I am writing over the next few weeks, that I will take a break from writing about country music to writing about Lord Huron. This album will serve as my soundtrack as I write over the next three months.