The South/music: A Honky -Tonk Man

The South is to the music of America what late 18th century Vienna was to the classical-music era of Europe—the source. In fact, anyone who ponders the long Southern legacy—from jazz to blues, from gospel to bluegrass, and, more lately, truckers' songs—might just begin imagining that the Mississippi has been flowing North all this time. Southern music rose from the common man, but there is nothing common about its variety or the range of lives it touches and consoles. These days "country " is the handiest title to cover a multitude of sounds....

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