Roots Rednecks and Radicals

Will Houk

The Roots, Rednecks, and Radicals podcast features in depth interviews with musicians, giving insight into their creative process. Guests include: Amanda Shires, Todd Snider, Charley Crocket, Frank Turner, and Dave Alvin. read less

A White Guy Listens to Mexican Music Part 1: An Introduction
A White Guy Listens to Mexican Music Part 1: An Introduction
Hey all. I published this episode awhile back and never got around to finishing the series. I finally got back to it and finished that series so I am re-releasing this episode. In subsequent weeks I'll be releasing three more episodes in the series. So be on the lookout for that! But here's the first episode again in case you missed it, or you'd like to check it out again. Hope you dig it!    This is the first installment in a new series I'll be doing on the show. I've been intrigued with the history of Mexican music for a number of years now. I decided to take a deep dive into the fascinating history of the music, the instruments, and the people who make this incredible music. Along the way I discovered all sorts of fascinating things like the influence of European styles of music, the working class and folk music roots of the styles, as well as a ton of great tunes. I hope you enjoy this series and learn something new. There is a plethora of music to explore, so join me on this journey into the history of Mexican Music!    If you are interested in learning more here are a few resources I found to be helpful.    The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-class Music by Manuel Pena  Smithsonian Folkways Que Viva la Musica Latina!   NY Times "Where Mexican Folk Ballads Meet Trap Music."