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by Jim Allen

June 2, 2014

Country Songs About Country Music

by Jim Allen  |  June 2, 2014

People talk about rockers and rappers being self-obsessed, but when it comes to getting meta, country music probably contains more songs about itself than any other style does. From Johnny Cash's 1950s ode to his guitarist, "Luther Played the Boogie," to Brad Paisley's "This Is Country Music," country singers have never been shy about shining the spotlight on their sound. Of course, the perspective isn't always a positive one -- plenty of artists have used their music to express their dismay with the ever-changing face of Nashville (see The Bellamy Brothers' "The Night They Killed Country Music"), and others have simply documented the difficulties of a country career (Tom T. Hall's "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died"). But whether their voices are raised in celebration or sorrow, the singers you'll encounter here each document a different thread in the constantly expanding story of what country music means.

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