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Essays on country women go beyond traditional narratives

This cover image released by the University of Texas Press shows, "Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives," by Holly Gleason. (University of Texas Press via AP) Source: The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's an ongoing discussion among music writers, musicians and music fans about how female artists are treated compared with their male counterparts. Some common examples include referring to a "songstress" or an "all-female band," or focusing more on a woman's appearance, weight, marital status or children.

In Nashville, Tennessee, that debate is front and

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