Punk rock was and is my music. I love everything about it, from the driving sounds to the message it sends. But what, if anything did punk rock accomplish? From the 70s to early 80s it was pretty much male driven. And sexist. However artists like L7, Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland and others in… Read More Episode 6: The Legacy of Punk Rock
I’m far from religious. But there is a lot of soul in gospel music, and that has been the case since the early days. The three pillars of modern American music are blues, jazz and gospel. All three helped influence the early R&B and rock artists. As I learned in this episode the rhythms and… Read More Episode 5: How Gospel Influenced Modern Music
There is music for the mind, and music for the soul. Motown is both of those things for me. When I was in my early 20s I started to explore more oldies. Prior to that it was music I was stuck listening to in the car on the radio while my parents drove us to… Read More Episode 4: Motown Records, Hitsville USA
I love WSM Radio. It’s one of the best stations in the country currently, and one of the most historically significant broadcast medias in human history. If you have any love for country music, you need to listen to WSM, based out of Nashville. WSM Radio helped popularize country music in this country, thanks in… Read More Episode 3: The Birthplace of Country Music
I learned everything about music from Kurt Cobain. Before my friend Lauren turned me onto Nirvana I was listening to top 40 crap that my mom listened to. But Cobain changed my life. Before Nirvana I thought all my parents music was just old people stuff. Kurt taught me about the greatness of everyone from… Read More Episode 2: The Early Female Rock Pioneers
When I debated about where to start a music history podcast, I came to one conclusion: Any podcast talking about the history of American music has to start with Robert Johnson. Johnson was far from the first to set the stage for modern American music. In my opinion, he wasn’t even close to the best… Read More Episode 1: Did Robert Johnson Sell His Soul to the Devil?
I’m happy to announce the release of Season 1 of the Music History Podcast, now available on Soundcloud, Google Play and iTunes. This season takes a very general look at some of the most popular genres, and people that helped shape American music. We start with Robert Johnson, and the legend that he sold his… Read More Season 1 of the Music History Podcast – Now Available!