Seeking Authenticity: Bill Malone's 'Country Music USA' at 50

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Grounded in the rhetoric of purity and authenticity, country music in the USA is and always has been a strange and alluring mélange of myriad influences ranging from the Tin Pan Alley songs that enthralled the urban centers of the early 20thcentury to the African American ballads and blues that suffused the South to the Irish and British folk songs and reels that invigorated the musical life of Appalachia—not to mention the ever-burgeoning catalogue of newly written songs that...

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