Mickey Newbury

by Charles Reece

 

In a raspy, Southern-twanged tenor, Mickey Newbury sang songs exploring the rich history of America’s folk music tradition.  Unlike the celebratory manner in which much of country music has taken on its classic themes of rambling, hard labor and two-timing spouses, he tended to approach such Americana as laments, dreams deferred.  His existentialist approach was rooted in the Beats, with a melacholic style more akin to contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Tim Buckley than the majority of his country forebears.  From the underground country of the 1970s to... Read More

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