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  •  In the last 30 years . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    . . . country music has been Confederatized and Nathan Bedford Forrestized, from the top down.

    Thirty years ago, there was a black country singer named Charlie Pride, and he was very popular and got a lot of airplay on the radio (in Chicago, at least).

    I don't think the modern corporatized radio world would be very friendly to a 21st-century Charlie Pride.

    •  Arguably... (9+ / 0-)

      The top-selling male vocalist in country right now (at least one of the top few) is an African-American male. His name is Darius Rucker, and he was best known a generation ago (ouch) as the lead singer for the 1990s band Hootie and the Blowfish. About 5 years ago, he decided to embark on a "second career" as a solo country artist, and has had something like a dozen top 25 songs in the format.

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      by Steve Singiser on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:19:52 AM PST

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      •  Not only is he the top-seller, the rising (1+ / 0-)
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        generation of Country singers model their sound on Darius Rucker's (and Hootie and the Blowfish's) as the present one does on Garth Brook's sound. The duo Florida Georgia Line is a great example. "Cruise" is a monster Country and Pop hit, in case you hadn't noticed.

        The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. -Ezra Klein

        by bubbajim on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 04:13:50 PM PST

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