Southern Strategy Soundtracks

Country music became the sound of Richard Nixon’s coalition in the early 1970s — but it has always been too unruly to be fully co-opted by a reactionary agenda.

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These days, country music and reactionary politics seem to go together like grits and gravy, from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” in 1984 to Toby Keith’s post-9/11 “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” right up to Jason Aldean’s menacing 2023 MAGA hit “Try That in a Small Town.” The likes […]

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