Country

Why today’s country music looks and sounds like hip-hop

It’s not just Lil Nas X and Blanco Brown. Mainstream country music is looking to hip-hop to reinvent its sound and aesthetics. We take a look at country’s growing embrace of hip-hop culture, and some of the strategic reasons why country artists are stepping outside their genre to adapt to today’s music landscape.Columbia University ethnomusicologist Dr.…

Country Artist You Need to Know: Willie Jones

In December 2017, Willie Jones was in a recording studio in Los Angeles, freestyling about his family. Jones had just spent his holidays at home in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, and at a family reunion in Tulsa and had been touched by the occasions — by how much his cousins from childhood had grown up,…