Sharp-Tongued Criticism Has Always Been Country’s Way of Preserving the Roots

Sharp-Tongued Criticism Has Always Been Country’s Way of Preserving the Roots

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Something that even some traditional country fans don’t fully appreciate is how country music has always been about paying traditions forward. That’s what separates the genre from all the other major genres of American music.

In 1927 when Ralph Peer commenced The Bristol Sessions in Bristol, Tennessee, recording acts such as Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family and giving birth to country music as a commercial enterprise, these acts weren’t playing country music of the late 1920’s, they were playing traditionals from the 1800’s, and originals that were written and performed to emulate the traditionals. From the beginning, country was nostalgia music and neotraditional,…



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