Country and Western actually ‘divorced’ years ago

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Occasionally, you still hear someone say Country & Western in reference to a music type.
And, in a broad sense, that’s probably true.
Well past the 1960s and 1970s, it was common to hear C&W applied to a genre that was mostly performed with stringed instruments.
Realistically, the split and attempts at distinction began sometime in the 1950s.
Rock-n-Roll had a lot to do with that. There were some segments of C&W that sought to meld part of the R&R sound into country.
Pure Western music aficionados balked at that, opting for the true


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