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At one time, rural folks were thought to possess different priorities from people who lived in cities, a contrast that was made clear by the fact that “country music” was only played and listened to by people who actually lived in the country. These days, you’re as rural as you want to be, whether you live in a shack on the bayou or a condo in Philly, and anyone who thinks today’s country music reflects priorities any different from Barbra Streisand’s obviously doesn’t listen to it.

When country blues moved from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, it lost much of its relaxed openness, becoming tighter, constricted, more “urban” in its emotional urgency. Today’s young blues artists are mostly urbanites, but 33-year-old Corey Harris from Louisiana has revived and reinvented the rural blues tradition from the inside out. The title of his fifth studio album, “Downhome Sophisticate,” describes a rootsy musical intelligence that city folk only wished they could “get crunk with.”

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