Country music is a unique personal experience. A form of communication exists that more
closely resembles interpersonal or face-to-face interaction between two people than
in any other type of mass appeal music. The Country Music Message—with its emphasis
on the message of country music—provides an intriguing look at the intensely personal situations
and emotions to give you a better understanding of the music and the people who make it popular.
The Country Music Message takes a unique approach in its description of the predominant ideas found in the 50 most popular songs
of each year since 1960 by employing a technique called content analysis to identify themes. Using the human
communication process as a framework, it describes how the songwriter, singer, recording companies,
radio stations, jukebox industry, live performances, and other elements of the process act, interact,
and react to determine the message delivered to the audience.
In addition to more than 90 partial and full sets of lyrics to help you get a better feel for the language
in the music, The Country Music Message features selected portions of an interview with country
music giant Willie Nelson.
If you just listen to country music, let The Country Music Message help you to really appreciate the songs,
the singers, and the listeners.
About the Author
Jimmie N. Rogers, a professor of communication at the University of Arkansas, has done
extensive research, lecturing, and writing on the content of country songs. He received the George C. Whatley
award for an outstanding article he wrote for a popular culture journal, and his research has been described
and syndicated in various publications, among them the New York Times.