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The genius of Cowboy Carter is Beyoncé’s accent – a musicologist explains

By Conor Caldwell, Assistant Professor in Irish Traditional Music, University of Limerick
Cowboy Carter, the latest album from Beyoncé, has sparked widespread debate about the genre of “country music”. As a musicologist, I am fascinated with the construction of genres. Often the boundaries that we create between one type of music and another are opaque and do not stand up to much scrutiny. Music is routinely transferred from one social context to another, taking on new meaning in this process.

For example, in my own genre of Irish traditional music, a performer may learn a piece of western art musicThe Conversation

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