What gives a song country cred?


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So, while my computer was having tantrums and I couldn't get on line yesterday, I watched a little (okay, a LOT) of CMT, looking for topic ideas. I watched an hour-long special Inside Fame about Kenny Rogers, who started out singing rock, then like some druggy, far out tunes, then what sounded like pop. But he went on to become one of the most popular and well paid country artists for quite a few years (that's when I fell in love with him... uh, uh, his music. :oops: :lol: )

Anyway, so here's a question. Given how loose the boundaries between, say, country and pop have become lately, exactly what is it that makes a good country and western dance tune? Meaning, what is it that keeps country listeners listening and country dancers dancing, instead of turning their noses up because the music is too urban or too pop? What gives country music credibility in the C&W community?

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