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Big Ideas

  • The Nashville sound was primarily the conception of a group of studio producers who saw both an artistic and a commercial potential in a new style of country music.

  • Nashville sound hits were often fully embraced by a mainstream audience, but the country audience still identified them as country.

  • The Nashville sound marked the arrival of Nashville’s music industry as a major player in pop culture and a desirable destination for non-country musicians, and the formalization and organization of the genre as a unified entity.

  • Nashville sound recordings combined token references to country signifiers such as Old West or cowboy songs with universal themes and emotions that downplayed the social context or working-class identity of traditional country music.

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