Episode #37: The Meticulous Architecture of the Country Music Myth: Vol. 1

Lezli continues her exploration of American music with a two-part conversation with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, which was named by Rolling Stone, as one of the Best Music Books of 2015. Charles is the DIrector of the Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, History and Africana Studies. The two explore American folk traditions associated with Country Music, how people of color get written out of America’s folksy roots, the impetus for the creation of the “Hillbilly Music” genre; Country Music’s predecessor, why this music became central to American white identity and the fundamental differences between Country Music and Blues.

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Podcast Team = Lezli Levene Harvell (Host & Executive Producer)  / Justin Bates (Sound Engineer)

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