It’s true. The popular conception that country music is a primarily white genre is, well, a white lie. Country is a combination of Appalachian folk music and blues. Some of the very first artists to build out the country appellation were black artists, such as DeFord Bailey, a black harmonica player and Grand Ol’ Opry star, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Charley Pride, who became RCA’s best-selling artist since Elvis in the ‘70s. Then there’s the little-known history of the banjo — it’s not as white as you think.

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Kesha sat down for an in-depth interview about her “devastating” year and returning to her roots – and it was actually super sweet

Before the 29-year-old took the stage, the interviewer asks Kesha how the past couple months have been for her, obviously hinting at her ongoing lawsuit against her former producer. Immediately, she starts choking up, saying how “devastating” it is to have something (her music) taken away from her.

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The Dixie Chicks performing at the CMAs tonight with Beyoncé has got to be one of the greatest things I’ve witnessed this year. Not only were they performing, “Daddy Lessons,” a song that many right wing conservative country fans refused to acknowledge as one that fit into their genre, but they mixed in the Chicks’ song, “Long Time Gone,” which is just too perfect because this was their first return to the CMAs stage since they were effectively banned from country radio for speaking out against the Iraq war almost 14 years ago. So theres all that history and then these four outspoken, talented, strong women come perform together in the holy land of country music and tear the fucking place up. There were probably so many people pissed off by this performance, which makes it even more amazing that it even happened, and then theres Faith Hill just singing along in the front row. This whole thing gives me life.

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Country music singer Cody Alan comes out
Cody Alan is providing visibility where it's needed most.

Country music singer and CMT personality Cody Alan came out as gay earlier this month, telling the world he’s “happier and healthier” than ever. Here’s what he shared in his coming-out Instagram post:

2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I’ve known about myself my whole life. Through life’s twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures - I’ve landed on this day, a day when I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me. Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won’t change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here’s to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart, Cody

Congratulations, Cody! 

Can you imagine having a superpower where you can hear what people are listening to on their headphones?

Imagine seeing a scary-looking guy walking towards you in a dark alley, but then you hear that they’re listening to Mmbop and you feel much better…

Imagine knowing that the old lady on the bus is listening to Marilyn Manson…

Imagine realising someone is listening to country music and you punch them in the face…

Imagine a serious looking businessman listening to nothing but cat noises…

Imagine noticing that someone is listening to Northern Downpour and knowing that they are dying inside…

Imagine meeting Brendon Urie and he’s listening to The Young Veins…