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Saturday, Jul 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Molly Brost
Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (Fall 2008)

“Within the tradition of country music, artists are expected to connect with their fans through shared biographical experiences and the relevance of their personal backgrounds to a stereotyped country identity. These tokens of authenticity amplify the genre-identity of an artist’s output – Loretta Lynn’s coal mining roots, Merle Haggard’s time on the wrong side of the law, or Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain upbringing are all frequently invoked as synonymous with the content, meaning, and impact of their music.”


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