Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
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The sweet sounds of Soul make it easy to imagine an American South that, perhaps, never existed, where the music had folk dancing across color lines. Those lines remain intact in Charles L. Hughes exhaustively researched and provocative book Country Soul: Making Music and Making in the American South. In it, Hughes celebrates the most American of American music and the genius of musicians who may not have changed the world, but certainly made the world a better sounding place.
With Country Soul, Charles L. Hughes offers a much-needed revisionist history of southern soul and country music, one that takes the music and musicians seriously while remaining critical of both the contemporary racial politics of the music business and the accumulated romanticism of the surrounding scholarship. It's a massive achievement and a gentle ode to the legacy of musicians who built American culture before being tossed out of the history books
The sweet sounds of Soul make it easy to imagine an American South that, perhaps, never existed, where the music had folk dancing across color lines. Those lines remain intact in this exhaustively researched and provocative book. In it, Charles L. Hughes celebrates the most American of American music and the genius of musicians who may not have changed the world, but certainly made the world a better-sounding place.Mark Anthony Neal, author Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic