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    Aug 1, 2015

    17 Misconceptions People Have About Country Music

    It ain't all about boot-scootin' cowboys.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community which misconceptions about country music annoy them. Here are their responses to set the record straight.

    1. First of all, country lyrics actually have substance. The joke that every song is about a tractor, beer, or cowboys gets so old.

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    -- Emilia Grillo, Facebook

    2. Fact: Country fans aren't "dumb redneck inbreds."

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    -- Emmie Mae Mattson, Facebook

    3. ~Major hits~ are NOT always great depictions of the genre.

    "What the general public hears is usually more pop, and way more generic."

    -- Andrea Lauren, Facebook

    4. This may shock some people, but not every country fan and singer is a white dude from the Southern or Midwestern United States.

    5. And everyone from the South or Midwest isn't necessarily a fan of country, anyway.

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    -- rosied4

    6. There are lots of talented women in the industry -- give Miranda Lambert, Reba McIntire or Kacey Musgraves a try, for starters.

    7. Yes, country-lovin' guys and gals are educated. What kind of question is that?

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    -- Alex Kultgen, Facebook

    8. Just because someone listens to the music, doesn't mean they own several pairs of cowboy boots and cowboy hats.

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    -- Jacki Reagen, Facebook

    9. Not every country song is depressing. Every single genre has both slow and upbeat songs.

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    -- Kaitlin Batt, Facebook

    10. And they aren't all "twangy." Have you ever heard of Johnny Cash?!

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    "There are SO many songs out there with NO twang whatsoever!"

    -- Jes Brown, Facebook

    11. It's possible for ANYONE to relate to country songs. Everyone's felt emotions, heartbreak, and has wanted to have a good time, right?

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    12. It's definitely not true that every country fan and singer is religious.

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    -- Andrea Lauren, Facebook

    13. Artists in the genre have much more talent than they get credit for. Give some songs a chance and notice the difficult harmonies and melodies!

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    -- Christianna Novakovic, Facebook

    14. And there are many different styles and levels of country, ranging from rock, to bluegrass, even folk. Don't bunch them all together!

    15. Country fans DO listen to other kinds of music as well, just like everyone else on Earth. You're allowed to be in love with Eric Church and still bump Drake in the car.

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    -- Haley Powell, Facebook

    16. Just like in every other style of music, there are some great songs and some songs that... aren't so great. And fans are aware of that.


    17. And give a few different songs a chance before judging: You can't say it all sounds the same if you haven't tried different kinds.

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    "Garth Brooks's music sounds drastically different from Kacey Musgraves, and Tim McGraw sounds drastically different from Brad Paisley."

    -- samanthak4

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