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Good ol' boy is a slang term used, either to self-identify as or to refer to a male, usually white and of Northern/Western-European descent, who lives in a rural area and/or subscribes to a traditionally "rural" lifestyle. The term is generally thought to originate in the rural areas of the southern and southwestern U.S. While other terms such as redneck, hick, yokel, "Bubba", and "white trash" are also applied, though usually pejoratively and are often interchanged with "good ol' boy," the "good ol' boy" is more of an idealized image of rural Americans, Canadians and Australians.

Cultural references

  • "The Good Ole Boys" is also the name of a Country Western band in the popular 1980 musical/comedy The Blues Brothers. After the Blues Brothers take a gig reserved for The Good Ole Boys, they attempt to kill band leaders Jake and Elwood Blues.
  • American Pie refers to "them good old boys" being at a closed bar called "The Levee," "drinkin' whiskey and rye" [1].
  • Good Old Boys is an album by Randy Newman.
  • The term was also used in the theme song of the popular television show, The Dukes of Hazzard, performed by Country singer Waylon Jennings.




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