Country Music That Actually Celebrates “Small-Town” Values

Heather M. Edwards
With Liberty
Published in
5 min readAug 21, 2023

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Dolly Parton mural on Mildred Avenue in West Asheville, North Carolina. Photo credit © daveynin, creative commons license. Edits mine

Small-town living in country music is not without its murder ballads and is almost synonymous with its neverending anthems of cheating and heartbreak.

There are no perfect places. But there are better small-town songs than a costume cowboy’s thinly-veiled racist angst.

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