“I Just Wanna Be a Cosmic Cowboy”

Travis D. Stimeling

in Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747474
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896981 | DOI:
                   “I Just Wanna Be a Cosmic Cowboy”

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Participants in the progressive country music scene romanticized the pastoral spaces of rural Texas in their fashion, rhetoric, and musical practices. This chapter explores both the ways that Austin-based songwriters such as Michael Murphey and Guy Clark reinforced these pastoral visions and the effects of these constructions on the local music industry. Moreover, this chapter examines critical responses to these idealistic attitudes, as well as the debate over authenticity within the scene.

Keywords: Michael Murphey; Guy Clark; John Clay; Joe Kruppa

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Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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