In contemporary country songs, whiskey partners with other themes—agrarian, patriotic, rural—to solidify the longstanding connection between country music and the Southern white working class.
SFA invites graduate students to exchange knowledge, experience, and scholarship during our 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Food and Pop Culture.
There are the massive tricked-out cars; there is the regional slang; there are the southern soul samples; there are the Hammond B-3 organ hooks. But most of all, there is syrup.
The welcome table and popular culture are not opposites. One offers a welcome. One is popular. Both can hide injustices. One way to connect them is to think about how they both offer comfort and how both come with limits and complications.
A photo like this one, for many Southerners, needs no explanation.
For the next few Fridays, we’ll be sharing some essays that explore the unexpected ways the worlds of food, drink, and popular music have overlapped in the past century in the South. Today’s piece looks at the history of the radio jingle.
Deadline EXTENDED for submissions to the 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Food and Pop Culture. Abstracts are now due by May 25, 2015.
This cartoon first appeared in issue #54 of our Gravy quarterly, the “Pop Goes the South” art and photography issue. The artist, Emily Wallace, is an editor at UNC’s Southern Cultures journal and a frequent SFA collaborator. She is also a connoisseur of red hot dogs (with chili, slaw, and onions). Click the cartoon to enlarge (for the juicy details).
If you know SFA, you know how we love our gravy. We named our quarterly journal for it (get yours by becoming a member). Then we named our podcast for it, too (Episode 12 hit headphones yesterday!). In fact, it’s the only food that has its own tab on our homepage. So when member and … Continued