I'll not be celebrating our government tomorrow, or our military power. But there is something in American culture that I can fully and unequivocally extol, the expressions that make American life make sense, the moments in music and art that let us realize what a complicated and beautiful river we're really swimming in around here.
Greil Marcus wrote, "The Anthology [of American Folk Music] was a mystery--an insistence that against every assurance to the contrary, America was itself a mystery." Still.
Check out Brian Harnetty and Sam Amidon for a little new/old American music this weekend.
• Gone Walkabout
• Music as Drama
• Crossroads II
• 10 Best of 2014
• January: Wyoming and the Open
• February: New Mexico and the Holes
• Coming Up
• Notes on The Accounts
• Crossroad Blues