Big Ideas

  • Countrypolitan was a fad and trend that naturally ran its course after a few years, much as previous cycles of pop-crossover country music had done.

  • In its wake, neotraditionalist country stars came to prominence and instated a musical philosophy that looked to past traditions to authenticate their present.

  • The neotraditionalist movement accompanied a smaller audience and market share for country music, but it also laid the groundwork for both the alt-country movement and the commercial boom of the next decade.

  • The neotraditionalist movement acted as a type of revival and fostered the practice of covering older songs.

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