Jason Howard is the author of "A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music,"
a collection of profiles of contemporary roots musicians that explores how the land and culture
of Kentucky have shaped American music through the years and continues to do so today. Focusing
on modern musicians who live everywhere from Manhattan to Los Angeles to Nashville to small
towns across Kentucky, "A Few Honest Words" shows how the spirit of the state has taken up
residence in the hearts and songs of an eclectic group of musicians including Grammy Award
winner Dwight Yoakam, multi-platinum soul singer Joan Osborne, rural rap pioneers Nappy Roots,
indie rock god Jim James, legendary country music star Naomi Judd, and many others.
Howard is co-author of "Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal," which was hailed by the late Studs Terkel as "a revelatory work" for its unflinching look at the destructive mining practice through the eyes of 13 environmental activists. He is the editor of the multi-genre anthology "We All Live Downstream," which features writings from artists and activists such as Wendell Berry, Ashley Judd, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Terry Tempest Williams. His features, essays, reviews and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Sojourners, Revolve, Equal Justice Magazine, LGBTQ Nation, Paste, the Louisville Review, and on NPR.
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