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A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

Jason Howard

On the evening of March 7, 2013 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, Kentucky, WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” series featured Jason Howard, James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky. He presented his newest book “A Few Honest Words: The Kentucy Roots of Popular Culture,” which illustrates how the land and culture of Kentucky have shaped American music through the years. Among those profiled include: Naomi Judd, Matraca Berg, Dwight Yoakam and Skinny Deville of Nappy Roots.

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Jason Howard

Jason Howard

This month’s speaker in our Kentucky Live series is Jason Howard. Jason, who received his MA in History from the University of Kentucky is one of the state’s leading writers on conservation and the environment. He was a 2010-12 James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky and in 2013 received the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Jason Howard A Few Honest Words copy

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He coauthored Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal which was lauded by the critics for its unflinching look at the destructive mining practices through the eyes of thirteen environmental activists. His featured essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Sojourners, Revolve, LGBTQ Nation, Paste, No depression, the Louisville Review, and on NPR.

Jason Howard Book Cover

Jason Howard Book Cover

He’s a former senior editor and staff writer for the Washington, D.C., based Equal Justice Magazine where his investigative articles have focused on topics such as black lung benefits for Eastern Kentucky miners.

Naomi and Jason

Naomi and Jason

In his newest book, A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music (published by The University Press of Kentucky) he explores how the land and culture of Kentucky have shaped American music through the years. Among those profiled include: Naomi Judd, Matraca Berg, Dwight Yoakam and Skinny Deville of Nappy Roots..

His popular twitter feed is at https://twitter.com/jasonkylehoward

He’ll be talking about these “Kentucky Roots of Popular Music” at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane) on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

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