Sidewinder

Will Groff
A biweekly-ish newsletter for country fans and skeptics alike
Created 09 Apr 2021
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  • Carly Pearce's '29: Written in Stone' is a Divorce Record for the Ages
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    As I see it, there are two archetypes for the modern country divorce record. The first is Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings, a deeply introspective album that’s admirably free of salacious d...
  • Brooke Eden Lives Her Truth
    30 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    Ford Fairchild Brooke Eden is in her “sunshine and rainbows” era. That’s how the singer puts it when we speak over Zoom about the new Dave Audé remix of her song, “Got No Choice.” “It was just such a ...
  • Miranda Lambert's 'Tequila Does' Remix Video Is a Flawed Display of Allyship
    09 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    As anyone who’s read this newsletter knows, I am a huge Miranda Lambert fan. I think she’s one of the most consistently brilliant songwriters working in any genre, and several of her albums rank among...
  • Chris Housman Wants to Be the Next Gay Country Star
    13 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    If you’re on a certain side of TikTok, you’ve almost certainly heard “Blueneck,” Chris Housman’s pop-country ode to being, as he puts it, a “liberal redneck.” The song subverts rural stereotypes — “I’...
  • Kid Rock Is Home of Phobic but Miranda Says 'Gay Rights'!
    12 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    On Monday, TMZ released a video of Kid Rock saying the word “faggot” while onstage at FishLipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, TN. He used the F-slur in reference to audience members who were filming his p...
  • 'Marfa' Has Arrived
    14 May 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    I’m currently poolside (shocking for me), trying really hard to conjure west Texas via active noise canceling and The Marfa Tapes. The album — which consists of 15 songs written and recorded by Jack I...
  • 'Marfa' Has Arrived
    14 May 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    I’m currently poolside (shocking for me), trying really hard to conjure west Texas via active noise canceling and The Marfa Tapes. The album — which consists of 15 songs written and recorded by Jack I...
  • Luke Bryan Is Apparently Entertainer of the Year
    23 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    For the uninitiated: the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) are somewhat less prestigious than the similarly named Country Music Association Awards (CMAs), but are nonetheless an important baromet...
  • Grammy Night Belonged to the Women of Country
    09 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 10 0
    The women of country music dominated this year’s Grammy Awards. Female artists (and female-fronted groups, as I consider Little Big Town and the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum) nabbed 14 out ...
  • Welcome to Sidewinder
    09 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 3
    Hieeee! Welcome to Sidewinder, a biweekly newsletter that offers nuanced and not-so-nuanced takes on today's country music. All content is free, because who’s gonna pay for another newsletter? About M...
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