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Bruce Springsteen Takes His Car to the Old Town Road

The Boss’s latest solo album, Western Stars, falls into the great tradition of using cowboy America less as a specific place and more as a cultural myth.
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When the then-19-year-old rapper and meme-maker Lil Nas X scored a hit by sampling a banjo, pitching his voice parodically low, and singing about “wranglers on my booty,” some in the country establishment took it as an . But most of the nation, it appears, wanted to play dress-up too. “Old Town Road” has been the No. 1 song for 10 weeksrunning, spurred by a meme in which workaday suburban kids suddenly zap into flannels and 10-gallon hats. The year’s most surprising smash might seem like a distinctly internet-era phenomenon, but really, Lil Nas X is partaking in

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