Description - Rednecks And Bluenecks by Chris Willman
On the eve of America's invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks went from being the leading lights of country music to heartland pariahs almost overnight, thanks to one Bush-bashing aside on a London stage. A year later, the list of entertainers stumping for Dubya consisted almost exclusively of country stars like Brooks & Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, and Travis Tritt. How did the erstwhile music of the rural working class come to be the music of choice of the Republican Party? In Rednecks and Bluenecks, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Chris Willman looks at how country's increasing popularity and conservative drift parallel the transformation of the Democratic South into the heart of the Republican mainstream. Meanwhile, for all those Steve Earle souls trapped in Toby Keith counties, alt-country has emerged as a refuge for the loyal opposition. Written with intelligence and wit, Rednecks and Bluenecks makes clear that country and its offshoots represent the one strain of American music where a passionate political debate is taking place.
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Author Biography - Chris Willman
Chris Willman is a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. His writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Newsday, and he has made appearances on VH1, CNN, and MTV.