Abstract and Keywords
Drawing attention to the increasing study of “international country music,” this chapter attempts to define this field as well as provide a classification system for analyzing the different ways “international” and “country music” have been paired. It challenges the assertion that country music remains a purely American art form by tracing the international roots, international reach, and international representation within American country music and by presenting three different country music case studies in Australia, Brazil, and Canada. These case studies illustrate how national identity and country music are linked in places outside of the United States and how international permutations are often reflections of local, lived experience. Ultimately, this chapter presents alternatively interpreted identity associations with class, gender, race, and politics that are distinctly separate from the Nashville-based American country music industry and that lead to a more complex, multicentered understanding of country music throughout the world.
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