February 25, 2013 – What Is Country?

Blake Shelton set off a firestorm of debate with his recent comments about the clash between new styles of country music and traditional-minded fans.

But he wasn’t that far off base, as this special cover story points out. Over the past several decades, new styles like honky-tonk and the so-called Nashville Sound stirred the pot and caused their own share of controversies.

The story also features Blake’s warm reconciliation with the legendary Ray Price, who originally took offense at Blake’s remarks.

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