Country Music’s Reckoning: Race and Gender, 2019-Style
The song of the summer, “Old Town Road,” is as 2019 as it gets: It’s a bop, but it’s a hit that rose to popularity thanks to online platforms and that calls into question all conventional wisdom about race and country music. This showdown also comes amid a years-long discussion about the lack of women allowed into the upper echelon of still-critical radio airplay in the country music industry. (Even awards queens such as Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert aren't immune.) So can country music get woke? We investigate with the help of country music journalist Marissa R. Moss.
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