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Saturday, April 22 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Post-Dixie Chicks Politics

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Country music has a complex relationship with American politics, though it’s often presumed to be anything but, thanks to the long shadows cast by artists stumping for conservative politicians from George Wallace to George W. Bush and responding to tense national moments with brash songs like “The Fightin’ Side of Me” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” The change in countrified political discourse has been profound in the era since the Dixie Chicks were blacklisted from country radio because of lead singer Natalie Maines’ offhand criticism of President Bush. This panel will map the past and present landscape from numerous angles.

Nadine Hubbs, “History Lessons: Country Music, American Politics, and the White Working Class”
Chris Willman, “Quiet Time: The Subtlety of Political Discourse in Contemporary Country Music”
Jon Freeman, “Outspoken Outlaws: Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, John Rich, Justin Moore, and Political Posturing on Country Music’s Fringes”
Jewly Hight, “The Red Scare: Tomatogate and the Politicization of Gender in the Country Music Industry”

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David Cantwell

Twitter | | David Cantwell lives in Kansas City, MO where he teaches college English, including the course “Literature of American Popular Music.” He is the author of Merle Haggard: The Running Kind, the coauthor of Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles, and a contributor to newyorker.com... Read More →


Jon Freeman

Twitter | | Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Jon Freeman is a staff editor at Rolling Stone Country, the publication's first genre-specific web presence, and has contributed to RollingStone.com, NPR Music, the Nashville Scene, and Vinyl Me Please, among others. Previously he served as the managing editor for Country Weekly magazine and Nashville-based trade publication Music Row... Read More →
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Jewly Hight

Twitter | | Writing from Nashville for the past dozen-plus years, music journalist and critic Jewly Hight is an NPR/NPR Music contributor and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Billboard, Vulture.com, The Oxford American, and elsewhere. She has a Masters from Vanderbilt, where she focused on religion, gender, sexuality, and southern music; published Right By Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs in 2011; and is at work on her second book... Read More →
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Nadine Hubbs

Twitter | | Nadine Hubbs is a musicologist, gender-sexuality and class theorist, and cultural historian. Her writings have focused on the Copland-Thomson circle, 1970s disco, Springsteen, Morrissey, Radiohead, and in her latest book, on Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music. She is professor of... Read More →

Chris Willman

Twitter | | Chris Willman is a Los Angeles-based writer for Billboard and a former music critic for Entertainment Weekly. For his 2005 book Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music, Willman interviewed everyone from Jimmy Carter to Sean Hannity and surveyed dozens of performers on both sides of the... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
JBL Theater MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109