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Yankee TwangCountry and Western Music in New England$
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Clifford R. Murphy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038679

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038679.001.0001

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Finding Community in the New England Country and Western Event

Finding Community in the New England Country and Western Event

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(p.105) 3 Finding Community in the New England Country and Western Event
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Yankee Twang
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Clifford R. Murphy
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038679.003.0005

This chapter examines how country and western musicians regularly navigate the frontier between self-expression and community expression, and such navigation is a defining characteristic of the folk medium of country and western music. In New England, this frontier occupies a space between a show and a dance—what is referred to as the country and western event, and which is a defining characteristic that distinguishes New England country and western from its other regional variations. At the country and western event, the performing group and the audience participate in negotiations between what the band wants to play and what the audience wants to hear. Today, the line between the show and the dance is thoroughly blurred, though some vestiges of the old formal style hang on in places like the Canadian-American Club of Watertown, Massachusetts.

Keywords:   musicians, self-expression, community expression, folk medium, country and western music, New England, country and western dance, Canadian-American Club

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