Music and the performance are vital to the audience

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work sound “Country. Music and the performance are vital to the audience but signifiers are also vital. The boots, the hat, the outfit, a soft rural Southern accent, as well as the sound and subjects of the songs all help.” Peterson says that all of these aspects are needed to have the look of an authentic country music artist. The other half of Peterson’s essay explains what sounds an artist needs to be authentic. He states that it is not so much the instruments, but the rhythm, lyrics, and originality that makes a country song “authentic.” Peterson also reiterates many times that its not about having just good lyrics,
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or just style. “The best country music stars have everything going for them, style, look, lyrics, and rhythm. The other side of the argument is that the newer country music songs are healthy for the country music genre, and that as long as the country music fan base is expanding then the newer music should be labeled authentic because it draws a larger audience. It has been argued that this is healthy for Country music as whole; bringing in more new customers, and appealing to a larger audience. In Peterson’s book “Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity” it is stated that many people proclaim that even if the
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