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Reactionaries Love It, But Country Music Has a Progressive Heart

American country music is not just hillbilly music: From Blind Alfred Reed to Garth Brooks, it has been progressive at heart

Aeon Magazine
Jun 20, 2019 · 5 min read
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Loretta Lynn circa 1962. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

By Mark Allan Jackson

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