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Beyonce album highlights the Black women changing country music

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I love country music. Doesn't matter the race. White, Black, Asian or Hispanic, as long as it is authentic.

And, by the way, not a single mention of Darius Rucker in this article. He might want to have a word about "Black" country music.

Or perhaps the writer might want to consider Charley Pride when writing this article.

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Music genre names should only be used as rough guides to what something sounds like. They should not be walls built to exclude anything or anyone.

Tracy Chapman recently topped the country chart with a rereleased neo-folk song. One hopes that this would mean more country fans listening to other acoustic music, including neo-folk, but I fear it was just Fast Car being absorbed into country due to an accepted country artist blessing it with a cover version. The impression this gives is that only certain music is allowed to be country. Its a club you need to be allowed into.

One of country's biggest stars, Kenny Rogers, was himself a musical journeyman, whose previous career includes all kinds of stuff, including that stoner classic that features in The Big Lebowski.

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Good luck to these artists.

Tracy Chapman recently topped the country chart with a rereleased neo-folk song.

Her self-titled album was one of my favourite albums of the 80s.

Treat yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEqb6xbeuCo

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I love country music. Doesn't matter the race. White, Black, Asian or Hispanic, as long as it is authentic.

And, by the way, not a single mention of Darius Rucker in this article. He might want to have a word about "Black" country music.

Or perhaps the writer might want to consider Charley Pride when writing this article.

Exactly.

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Country is a quintessentially American style of music with influences from Africa: the banjo notably grew out of instruments brought to the Americas and the Caribbean by enslaved people in the 1600s.

It is deep, with the Melungeon people of Appalachia and bluegrass that even included Elvis.

https://www.npr.org/2012/07/11/156611575/for-some-people-of-appalachia-complicated-roots

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And, by the way, not a single mention of Darius Rucker in this article. He might want to have a word about "Black" country music.

And there should be. I loved Hootie & the Blowfish back in the day, and Darius transitioned into country music incredibly well.

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And, by the way, not a single mention of Darius Rucker in this article. He might want to have a word about "Black" country music.

Most definitely.

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Country is a universal term that has covered the genres of blues, folk, grassroots, and other rural music for nearly 150 years. Black blues and folk artists were foundational to creating what is known as country music.

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