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August 4th, 2013
thesmithian

…it didn’t take long for Americana to earn industry acceptance, which can be explained in much the same way as the existence of the genre’s other, less flattering nickname: “dad rock.” The music business was happy to create a niche for the country’s most fiscally dependable demographic—white, male Baby Boomers. Along the way, a handful of artistic traditions founded in rebellion (blues, Appalachian folk, outlaw country) got elided into a relatively conservative format…But ultimately, if an art form is going to name itself after this country, it should probably stop weatherproofing itself against America’s present-day developments. And it hardly seems like enough to say you’re carrying on the legacies of black gospel and blues if the performers and listeners venerating them are almost all white.

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…it didn’t take long for Americana to earn industry acceptance, which can be explained in much the same way as the existence of the genre’s other, less flattering nickname: “dad rock.” The music business was happy to create a niche for the country’s most fiscally dependable demographic—white, male Baby Boomers. Along the way, a handful of artistic traditions founded in rebellion (blues, Appalachian folk, outlaw country) got elided into a relatively conservative format…But ultimately, if an art form is going to name itself after this country, it should probably stop weatherproofing itself against America’s present-day developments. And it hardly seems like enough to say you’re carrying on the legacies of black gospel and blues if the performers and listeners venerating them are almost all white.

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