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Country music is awesome! BUT there’s a weird stigma attached to even the best country music and we at Idea Channel want to understand why. Not only is it’s appeal massive, but it in some respects is keeping the record business afloat! And when it comes to music, who better to walk you from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks on a dusty saddle than the one and only wild wild west wrangler Mike Rugnetta? Join us on this week’s episode of Idea Channel for a look at this much maligned but all together wonderful genre of music, why it might be misunderstood and how country music went from twanging banjos to pop music with a drawl (no pickup truck needed).

Come see us at Phoenix Comicon!!

And Camp Imgur!


When Country was Country, Robert Lacy, Sewanee Review –
Wrong’s What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture, Barbara Ching –
Country Music Is Wherever the Soul of a Country Music Fan Is, Jeremy Hill –
Reading Country Music: Steel Guitars, Opry Stars, and Honky-Tonk Bars, Cecelia Tichi, Editor –
Resistance and relief: The wit and woes of early twentieth century folk and country music, Iain Ellis –


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Written and hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
(who also has a podcast! Reasonably Sound:

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