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Western

Western music is the latter half of what during the 1930s and '40s came to be called ‘country and western music.’ Cowboy songs, though, are as old as the cowboy tradition--or older, as some date back centuries. At their most basic level they're simply folksongs, with melodies and lyrics geared toward (and in some cases rewritten to reflect) distinctly western situations and myths--the harsh reality of long, dusty cattle drives; the melancholy of a dying gunfighter.