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Brad Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Dumbs Down a Complicated Issue

As a teenager I worked as an announcer at a small country radio station, and though I was still a dyed-in-the-wool rock fan, I developed a taste for older country music, the really twangy honky-tonk stuff. Since artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain replaced pedal steels and twin fiddles with electric guitars and slick pop production, there's been a dearth of that twang-and-moan style on country radio.