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By Clifford R. Murphy

Merging scholarly perception with a qualified guitarist's prepared feel of the musical lifestyles, Yankee Twang delves into the wealthy culture of state & western tune that's performed and enjoyed within the mill cities and towns of the yank northeast. Clifford R. Murphy attracts on a wealth of ethnographic fabric, interviews, and encounters with recorded and stay track to bare the primary position of nation and western within the social lives and musical job of working-class New Englanders.
As Murphy indicates, a unprecedented multiculturalism expert by means of New England's kaleidoscope of ethnic teams created a particular nation and western song type. however the tune additionally gave--and gives--voice to working-class feeling. Yankee state and western emphasizes the western, reflecting the eager for the legendary cowboy's lifetime of rugged yet satisfying individualism. certainly, many New Englanders use state and western to touch upon monetary disenfranchisement and exhibit their resentment of a mass media, executive, and Nashville track institution they suspect neither displays nor is familiar with their existence experiences.

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1998, 149). The purpose of this meeting was to respond strategically to the changes sweeping the worlds of radio, music, and television. Nashville-based country music song–publishing companies like AcuffRose made a regular practice of promoting (or “pitching”) their copyrighted material to as many record agents and recording artists as possible. It was not unusual in the 1940s and 1950s for competing recordings of the same song to be released by multiple artists on multiple labels concurrently.

That is unfathomable today. So to understand why we have not heard—or heard of—New England country and western, we’ll need to take a look at how radio developed in New England, why the country music industry formed a powerful coalition in Nashville, and what the cultural and intellectual ramifications of these changes have wrought in country music scholarship. The end result is a worldwide impression that “authentic” country music is, as Jimmy Barnes observes, an exclusively southern cultural export.

The idea that much of New England—and particularly northern New England—is still “small town,” “traditional,” and capable of conducting town-meeting democracy is still very much believed throughout much of the region. ” New England has long been a place suspicious of government, bureaucracy, and urbanization. S. president [1853–57] to have come from New Hampshire), accounts of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, the stubborn refusal of northern New England textile and shoe factory laborers to unionize, the modern-day Vermont secessionist movement, the resistance of northern New England states to adopt helmet and seatbelt laws, and the ever-expanding Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.

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