In the 11th century a group of students in Northern Italy/Southern Germany wrote a litany of poems satirizing the Catholic Church. The result was the "Carmina Burana" a vagabond collection of irreverent musings from the young clergy. Scholars feel the collection was indicative of the counter reformation movement slowly emerging within the church.
The collection of poems is often referred to as the first songs where alcohol consumption was mentioned. And well, it is fair to say that the flood gates were opened! Moving forward ten centuries later, it's fair to say there has always been a connection between country music, and liquid refreshments.
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