The Cowboy Image and the Growth of Western Music

How did cowboy hats and boots become the visual iconography of American rural music?
— Read on longreads.com/2018/08/01/the-cowboy-image-and-the-growth-of-western-music/

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‘Country Music … Was Anything BUT Pure’: An Interview with Bill Malone and Tracey Laird

The co-authors of ‚Country Music USA‘ – a revised edition of the genre’s definitive history – talk about the music’s African-American tributaries, its unpredictable politics, country radio’s woman problem, and working on Ken Burns’ forthcoming doc.
— Read on longreads.com/2018/08/01/country-music-was-anything-but-pure-an-interview-with-bill-malone-and-tracey-laird/