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p. 955. Blues and country musiclocked

  • Elijah Wald

Abstract

‘Blues and country music’ examines the links between blues and country music. For many reasons, jazz was placed at the opposite end of the spectrum to country, but both intertwined with blues. There was interaction between black and white performers, but large inequalities existed. In the 1940s, country music was more resistant to innovations than R&B. However, Elvis Presley managed to combine white, rural roots with R&B modernity. The lines between blues and country were defined more by marketing than musical style, and without the shadow of segregation, they could have coalesced into one genre.

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