"Cashville'': Dilution of Original Country Music Identity by Stephanie Atchley

By Stephanie Atchley

The place I come from, it truly is cornbread and chicken... This line from Alan Jackson's kingdom hit defines the style because the track of the yank South. All its ambiguity put aside, the South stands proudly for its hospitality, politeness, feel of position and group. relatives and faith are ordinarily extra vital down there than within the remainder of the rustic. As Southern tradition turns into increasingly more americanized and the tune of the small city Southern guy (another Jackson music) is tailored for a mainstream viewers, the unique rustic identification that defines the genuine American style loses its appeal. glossy kingdom track has turn into slick and professionalized and sounds a growing number of like universal pop tune to make it extra ecocnomic. This research makes a speciality of the genuine state track id and the way it's threatened via expanding commercialization. It defines stated id and the operating category tradition from which it springs. It strains the heritage of state song and its varied genres from the nineteenth and early twentieth century cowboy tune over Western Swing and Honky-Tonk of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, the revolutionary routine of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies as much as state-of-the-art mainstream nation Pop, and indicates how its target market has replaced through the years and the way the competition attempts to maintain conventional sounds. real Texas kingdom is determined not like the economic Nashville recording and either are in comparison of their respective advancements through the years. within the face of terrorism, which poses a probability to the yankee nationwide id, kingdom tune with its consultant American values has turn into more and more well known and enforces a robust collective identification on a countrywide point. even though, in doing so, it additionally dilutes the unique identification that used to be limited to lifestyles in a small city group instead of the rustic as a complete. What units nation song as a style aside is its narrative constitution. each tune has a narrative to inform: Be it approximately 'The chilly difficult proof of Life', a p

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Just kicking hippies’ asses and raising hell. The song has an ironic undertone telling the story of a thirty-four year-old redneck who has nothing else to do than to chase hippies and engage in debauchery. Men wearing long hair were still considered un-American at that time (Hudson 234). But criticism was not restricted to the redneck side. Hippies scorned Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” for its conservative middle American values not realizing that it was actually a parody and that he was actually one of them (Patoski 237).

Yet these folk songs can be easily preserved. You, and all Americans, can find them in your own backyards. Somewhere in your neighborhood there may be 54 an old man, or woman – or perhaps a young one – who can sing you hundreds of love ballads and work songs. Your own grandmother may remember some (cited in Barker and Taylor 62-63). Aaron Fox believes that the authenticity of country music can be viewed from different perspectives. Locals will display a stronger identification with the country music narratives than a cosmopolitan fan, while an academic critic will remain as objective and as least involved as possible in order to equally consider the different perspectives and not rank one over the other (2004a: 318).

Men wearing long hair were still considered un-American at that time (Hudson 234). But criticism was not restricted to the redneck side. Hippies scorned Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” for its conservative middle American values not realizing that it was actually a parody and that he was actually one of them (Patoski 237). Willie Nelson wore his hippie attire openly and thus encouraged the fusion between the two subcultures. Songwriting is an essential feature of American country music. When asked if he saw himself as a storyteller, Hubbard replied: I have this ability to keep it going with some of the goofy stuff I say.

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