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A City Boy's Relation to Country

Friday, May 02, 2008 - 12:55 PM

Okay, look - I'm a city boy, and I never liked country music. As far as I knew, country music was sappy songs about dogs, trucks, and gun racks. But I did like folk and bluegrass - the songs seemed old, and earthy. Well, the Nashville studios may have smoothed away the rough edges, but today we look back to the original roots of what became modern country (and it turns out to be the same roots as bluegrass, and Texas swing). So, when you hear what this music originally sounded like, what does that make you think of the modern stuff? Does it enable a deeper level of appreciation? Or does the Nashville studio sound suffer by comparison? (It's the latter for me, definitely.)


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