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by Robert Dean
If there’s any tradition in American roots music that’s steeped in darkness and just utterly crushing thanks to it’s macabre tonality, it’s the murder ballad. The murder ballad is defined by Wikipedia as:
“Murder ballads are a subgenre of the traditional ballad form dealing with a crime. Their lyrics form a narrative describing the events of a murder, often including the lead-up and/or aftermath. The term refers to the content, and may be applied to traditional ballads, part of oral culture. Broadsheet printed ballads do not use the same formulas or structures, and are rooted in a literate society.”
Some grim shit, but oh so delicious when you’ve had a few drinks and are angry at humankind. If you’re a fan of country, the blues, or just dark rock and roll, there’s a long tradition of the murder ballad anchoring more than one classic record.
In an attempt to keep topics nice and spooky for Halloween, I wanted to rate my top 10 favorite murder ballads. If you’re looking to bum everyone out at your Halloween party, make a playlist. You’ll be in bed by 9:15. Enjoy. *now with an expanded accompanying Spotify Playlist*
8. The Ballad of Hollis Brown – Bob Dylan
7. Delia’s Gone – Johnny Cash
6. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix/Bob Dylan
5. Kate McCannon – Colter Wall
4. Ohio – Neil Young
3. Stagger Lee – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Mar 8, 2017
Country purists would have you believe
no good country music was created after
Oh, you're going to see Kyle Park?
When somebody whose musical taste you respect says
the Moonshine Bandits are a guilty pleasure
Does Luke Bryan suck?
Even more of this couldn't help Florida-Georgia Line
And then what happened to the Knoxville girl?
A truly underrated country song
If Trebek doesn't like Chris Knight...
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May 22, 2014
Even though usage of the font which should hardly ever be used has tailed off a bit this year, I still see a couple of new albums a month that use Bleeding Cowboys. Since it's still unfortunately relevant, FTM ponders (again) what some famous album covers would look like if they'd used that trashiest of type-faces.
Dec 16, 2011
There are so many "inspiring" song lyrics set in pretty fonts with lovely background photos posted on Tumblr, Facebook and elsewhere that I, of course, had to set the concept on its head. Enjoy?