The Image of Country Music

The Image of Country Music - The Image of Country Music By...

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The Image of Country Music By Sharon Wollenzien Barbara Ching in her article, "Acting Naturally: Cultural Distinction and Critiques of Pure Country" asserts: "Country music has the fastest growing audience in America, but it's still rather scandalous for an intellectual to admit liking it." (Ching, 1) . There are many educated people that enjoy country music. Country music has an image that appeals people from many walks of life. In this paper, I will explore the image that country music cultivates and the idea that it appeals to people because it is reminiscent of a simpler time. Country music in the mind of many fans, stands for hard work and patriotism. Whether in simple attire or nudie suits, the message is the same. Country music purposely cultivates a lack of sophistication through parody and humor. First and foremost, Country musicians are stage performers. They look, act and sing a part. As stage performers, the musicians create a stage persona that dictates their clothes and musical style. They live in million dollar mansions and sing about the troubles of the working class making ends meet. No one in the audience thinks that they are singing about how they, personally, are having trouble putting food on the table. Most of the performers have had that experience at one time or another, but they are singing a universal theme. We work hard and times are tough. "That kind of complaint goes back at least as far as Woody Guthrie's eloquent pleas for the migratory workers during the Depression. Commercial country was born in the 1920's out of an amalgamation of American folk, British hairs and hymn, and Negro gospel and blues." (Time, 1974)
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