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The misappropriation of country music: Kid Rock opened the doors for Mumford & Sons

Country music used to have its own distinct identity, one that was tied to rich traditions of lonesome country roads, hard work, low pay and drinking. These days it's a black hole of insipidity. Following the Grammys, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons are now reportedly making inroads on country radio. It's not hard to see how this sort of thing has happened. With country's ongoing identity crisis, exemplified by crossover acts like Kid Rock and Darius Rucker being embraced, it seems that any music made with acoustic guitars can be construed as country. The genre kind of brought this on itself, though, by straying from the established template. Continue on for a quick look at a few examples of country's attempts at incorporating the music of other genres. Some, as you'll see, have fared better than others.

See also: - Review: Brad Paisley at the Pepsi Center, 1/21/12 - Review: Miranda Lambert at 1STBANK Center, 3/17/12 - Josh Abbott on the Texas/Red Dirt scene and bringing banjo back to country music

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Patrick Rodgers