Hi there! My name is Kristen Dugan. I am currently living in Gainesville and attending the University of Florida.

When I was little, I would ask my mom, “Is that Tim McGraw?,” if I ever saw a man wearing a cowboy hat. I was Taylor Swift for Halloween multiple times in my tween years. And today as a busy college student, I find refuge in listening to country music; it allows me to escape reality for a bit and slip into a simple world where people say please and thank you, boys hold the door open for their girl, and at the end of the day, family and love are two steady priorities that are never compromised.

Today’s world is not that simple. While I clearly have an affinity for country music, I see and hear how all types of music impact people and influence our society. Music seems to be a universally appreciated art that helps people make sense of the world around us.

As a journalist, I am passionate about storytelling. I believe musicians share this passion, and it is something I greatly appreciate. This site is dedicated to exploring how music impacts others and will give insights from music experts, news from the industry and and analyses of how music influences culture and people.