Marcus K. Dowling, The Tennessean

Marcus K. Dowling

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Marcus:

Breland is helping lead country music's sonic evolution

The 26-year old New Jersey native is doing much more than riding a one-trick pony down Music Row. → Read More

WWE brings fighting, fashion, Smackdown, and more to Bridgestone Arena

Performers Charlotte Flair and Paul Heyman highlight an evolved WWE product coming to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Friday, January 21 → Read More

Luke Combs' wife Nicole is pregnant with the couple's first child

Country chart-topper Luke Combs' wife, Nicole, is pregnant with the couple's first child. → Read More

In 2021, I Traveled 50,000 Miles With Five Tunes and Found America's Truth in Country Music

Music journalist Marcus K. Dowling reflects on how five country songs gave perspective to his experiences across the U.S. in 2021. → Read More

How Vicente Fernández Influenced George Strait to Become the ‘King of Country’

You may not know him by name, but Vicente Fernández made a lasting impact on George Strait. → Read More

Kenny Rogers’ Lionel Richie-Penned Hit ‘Lady’ Sums Up Their Genre-Defying Greatness

In the annals of singer-songwriter collaborations, there is anthemic greatness, and then there is “Lady.” → Read More

The Birthplace of Country Music: 5 Spots Country Fans Can’t Miss in Bristol

Bristol hasn’t fundamentally changed much, topographically and real estate-wise, since the advent of the genre at the end of the 1920s. → Read More

Who Is Breland? 5 Things You Need to Know

Breland isn’t about to be just another Black one-hit wonder in country music. → Read More

A Brief History of Black Country Music, From Tee Tot to Breland

Because country music is a descendant of blues and folk music, the Black musical tradition in the genre extends to the 17th century, well before the genre’s established 1920s roots. → Read More

‘9 to 5′, 40 Years Later: Dolly Parton’s Movie Theme Remains One of the Most Socially Impactful Songs Ever

Every time you see Reba McEntire on the silver or TV screen or hear Shania Twain singing songs with a vamping, rock core, Dolly Parton's there. → Read More

12 Essential Songs By Black Country Artists

The number of Black artists currently surging into country music’s mainstream is unquestionably unprecedented; however, Black artists’ current success in country music is not. → Read More

The Musical Maturation of ‘Who Is Jill Scott?’

Live, streaming or otherwise, Jill Scott's classic album still reveals the beautiful totality of a Black woman in love with love, 20 years later. → Read More

Op-Ed: Hip-Hop Influences in Country Music Are a Gateway to Greater Representation in the Genre

When all skin folk become kinfolk, the Old Town Road opens up to a delightful, unexplored horizon. → Read More

Dai Burger Is Serving Up a Global Movement: Interview

“I’m just a girl from Queens who turned my talents into a worldwide movement that entertains people.” → Read More

Noname Might Quit Rap, I Applaud Her

We break down the socioeconomics of behind Noname's decision to potentially walk away from her music career. → Read More

Festival All-Star: Shambhala's ShambhaMom, Britz Robins

The Renaissance woman on becoming Shambhala's Rave Mom. → Read More

What Doug Williams’ historic Super Bowl victory meant to D.C.

“I’m going to Disney World!” Thirty years later, as a native Washingtonian, watching Doug Williams — the first African-American quarterback to start in a Super … → Read More

8 Mystical Halloween Festivals from Around the World

Surreal, spooky, spiritual, and steeped in tradition. → Read More

Sadly, M.I.A.’s Pop Stardom and The Age Of Obama Didn’t Live Forever

When Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” was a top 10 pop song in America. There may have never been a better time in American history. In examining how… → Read More

French Montana Is Using Decades of Hip-Hop Culture to Save New York Rap

French Montana is guiding New York back to the top of the hip-hop cultural heap. → Read More