In Nashville, Exploring The Ties Between Country Music And Politics

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In this Sept. 15, 2010 photo, a video of Tammy Wynette is reflected in a glass case at the Tammy Wynette exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. (Josh Anderson/AP)

Country music and politics have been associated for decades. Earlier this year on Here & Now‘s election road trip, host Jeremy Hobson stopped in Nashville — the birthplace of country music — to find out more about the connection.

Songs In This Segment

  • Merle Haggard, “Okie from Muskogee”
  • Tammy Wynette, “Stand by Your Man”
  • Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA”
  • Alan Jackson, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”
  • Ray Stevens, “Obama Nation”
  • Florida Georgia Line, “Round Here”
  • Billy Currington, “People Are Crazy”


Don Cusic, country music historian who is currently professor of music business and holds the Professorship for Music Row Professor of Music Industry History at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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