Country Music Stars

From Steel Magnolias, copyright 1998, Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive.

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Country Music Stars

by Jocelyn R. Neal
Southern Cultures, Vol. 15, No. 3: Music

"Patsy Cline had a great big barrel of a voice that cut straight into the heart of everyone who heard her sing."

Tradition runs deep in country music. One of the hallmarks of the genre is that new generations of singers pay tribute to their predecessors by building on their legacies and adhering to the strongest claims of lineage. Stars cover the songs of their own heroes, borrow and build on their styles, and openly educate their fans about the musical traditions to which they lay claim. As a result, the careers and influences of the greats within country music are hopelessly entangled.