The Feminine Revolution In Murder BalladsWe've seen a rash of female artists, largely in country, taking on murder ballads. But it wasn't until the 1990s that the female characters in their songs began to predominately become the killers.
Nick Cave's Blood-Drenched Exploration Of Murder BalladsCave has always been the morose man's idol; a modern day Charles Bukowski who tosses off lyrics rife with darkness, despair and perversions.
'Strange Fruit' & The Role Of Murder Ballads In The Fight For Civil RightsWhile earlier murder ballads were rooted in a the sensibility of true crime writing, what makes Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" stand out is its moral stance. We explore in the latest incarnation in our murder ballad series.
How Hip-Hop Revolutionized Murder BalladsWhile everything else about country and hip-hop might be different, their audiences have one key element in common: admiration for outlaws.
From The CNN Of The 17th Century To Country Hits, Murder Ballads Won't DieAn uncommon phenomenon hit the country music charts at the beginning of 2013: two top-selling singles -- respectively from Carrie Underwood and The Band Perry -- that are also murder ballads captured the public's attention.