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Dolly Parton is having a pop culture moment. The ‘Dolly Parton’s America’ podcast explores belonging and ‘home.’ Here she performs with Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Dolly Parton’s broad appeal: She understands alienation, home and the need to belong

Why does Dolly Parton have such broad appeal, across lines of race, nationality, gender identity and sexual orientation?
Through his music, Lead Belly rejected the stereotype that country music was the domain of white artists, while blues music was reserved for blacks. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Lead Belly’s music defied racial categorization

Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection depicts the fully-formed artist – a blues musician, yes, but also a performer of string-band, country and pop songs.
Country music’s soaring popularity in the Northeast isn’t so much a novelty as it is a rebirth. US Navy

Stand by your Maine: country music’s Northern roots

This past June, radio conglomerate Clear Channel (now known as iHeartRadio) announced it was converting Boston’s 101.7 FM to a country station. The story they told the Boston Globe was a familiar one…

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