Ben Atkinson is a PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln. His PhD in Ethnomusicology explores the experiences of female country performers in the US from 2000-2021, with a particular focus on gender biases and gatekeeping, through the lens of social movements such as #MeToo and the vast technological change bought about by streaming media the internet. In addition, Ben is a musician who released his first folk/country album in 2020 and he has written and presented the syndicated radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, broadcast on stations around the world for the past fourteen years.

Gatekeeping Country: An Ethnographic Study of Female Country Music Performers in the 21st Century

This article is adapted from a presentation given at BAAS Postgraduate Symposium, 4th December 2021. In December 2021, I was delighted to have the opportunity to present a paper on my ongoing PhD research at the BAAS Postgraduate Symposium. Sitting at an intersection of ethnomusicology, American studies, and the sociology… Continue reading