CGRN Arts in Society
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The cultural identity of America is deeply entrenched in the history of country music. Beginning as an oral tradition most associated with rural hillbillies, American country music is often seen as the music of the conservative, white, poor, rural, and working and middle classes. The simplicity of the music and lyrics, coupled with costumes to reflect hillbilly and cowboy imagery, may lead to a perception that country music lacks depth and seriousness. Despite the lack of cultural credibility in academic circles, country music is a uniquely American art form that deserves increased scholarly inquiry.
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