Courtney E. Smith is a music writer, editor at Refinery29, and former music programmer. She wrote the bookRecord Collecting for Girls and her writing on country music is featured in the anthologyWoman Walk The Line . The views expressed are her own. I went to my first beer joint when I was five. It was a weekend visit with my dad, after my parents got divorced, in the tiny East Texas town where he lived. He took me with him, in violation of several laws, and we danced to what was playing...


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