Mark Allan Jackson is a country music fan and editor of a new collection of essays published by University of Massachusetts Press, The Honky Tonk on the Left: Progressive Thought in Country Music. He teaches popular culture and folklore at Middle Tennessee State University.
Music is playing its part in the new battle of ideas in American politics, and perhaps none more so than country. But where does it sit – on the right or the left – and who decides? Mark Allan Jackson, editor of a new book on country, challenges the perspectives on both sides.