Editor’s Note: Thinking the Album

Today's the day: the second issue of the zine is out! Here's the editor's note for this quarter, trying to give some background for the possibly excessive amount of consideration paid to the concept of the album across this issue.   By means both incidental and existential, much of this issue of the Quarterly Review of Contemporary Country is focused on the question of the album. Incidental because much of what worked best this quarter, and much of what dropped stars from otherwise worthwhile projects, came down to their construction as an album. And existential not only because this is a zine...
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Editor’s Note: Ghosts of Country

For the release of the first issue of the Quarterly Review of Contemporary Country, the editor reflects on the major theme of the first quarter of 2016: ghosts. To download the issue in full, visit HERE.   They’re in the title of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 and in Megan & Liz’ “That Ghost.” They’re present in the buried harmonies that abortively open Gene Watson’s Real. Country. Music. and in the obsession with legacy that drives Hank Williams Jr’s It’s About Time into a wall. That Malcolm Holcombe’s haunted seems a given, but the same could be said of Dianna...
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