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The Tallahatchie Bridge over Route 7 in Mississippi entered country music lore when Bobby Gentry’s song “Ode to Billy Joe” hit No. 1 in the country charts in 1967. (Photo by Gary Bridgman, cc-by-sa-2.5,

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Country music is a uniquely American art form, with its roots in the fiddle from European immigrants and the African banjo all the way through its explosion as a commercial art form that has reflected the social, economic and cultural changes within our country.

By Associated Press September 26, 2019
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