Celebrate The Fourth With Music From The Heartland

Springsteen's The River personifies the heartland.
Springsteen’s The River personifies the heartland. Credit: Columbia Records

Heartland Rock is a uniquely American genre, focusing on the small town, the blue-collar worker, and a way of life that lives in America’s collective memory. On this week’s Music 101, we play some of the best in American rock and roll, just in time for Independence Day. 

Songs featured this week:

Bruce Springsteen | “The River”
Bruce Springsteen | “My Hometown”
John Mellencamp | “Hard Times For An Honest Man”
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band | “Makin’ Thunderbirds”
Billy Joel | “Allentown”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | “American Girl”
John Fogerty | “Centerfield”
James McMurtry | “Painting By Numbers”
Gaslight Anthem | “Meet Me By The River’s Edge”
Music out: John Mellencamp | “Cherry Bomb”

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