Talkin’ For-Profit Medicine Blues

A century of hard living and hospital bills in American song.

`Illustrations by James Clapham`

It’s a perennial truth, well known to laborers, wanderers, and blues singers: the road of hardship winds inevitably through hospitals. The hospital ballad is a staple of American roots music, native to landscapes as remote as the Mississippi Delta and the Oklahoma plain. That’s not a surprise in a country where so many of our […]

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