The worldview of Christianity-specifically, the battle between human sin
and God's grace-is a recurring theme in country music, a genre that
is fast becoming one of the most popular American music styles.
In this intriguing cultural analysis, the authors explore the intense
spiritual tensions and differing values that emerge so clearly in contemporary
country music by examining its history, selected artists, and themes. Most
important, Honky-Tonk Gospel answers a compelling question: How is it
that country artists can sing about a Saturday night bash at a honky-tonk
and then turn around and extol the praises of going to worship on Sunday?
As the authors point out, the country music worldview is large enough to
encompass both sin and grace. In fact, country music is so appealing because
it sings about almost every facet of life-hard times and all.