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Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene

Travis D. Stimeling


This book explores the roles that music, as a sounding phenomenon with culturally specific meanings, played in mediating the experiences of a community of musicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and fans who viewed country music as part of their collective heritage. These same people sought to reclaim the sounds of country music to articulate a distinctively Texan musical counterculture that has had an indelible impact on the production and consumption of country music. Arguing that the sounds of a scene function as relatively stable and extremely powerful signifiers for scene participants, thi ... More

Keywords: music scene, counterculture, country music, identity, Texas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199747474
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travis D. Stimeling, author
Millikin University