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Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South

Charles L. Hughes


In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama—what this book calls the “country-soul triangle.” In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. W ... More

Keywords: country, soul, Memphis, Nashville, Tennessee, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, country-soul triangle, Stax, FAME

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622439
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles L. Hughes, author