• Country music has its roots and beginnings in folk music. Theold cowboy and pioneer songs of the American frontier were popular in theearly twentieth century, and so were arrangements of pop music songsby rural (or rural-sounding) performers. Country musicians also adapted newmusical instruments, like the Hawaiian steel guitar•Country found it’s permanent home in Nashville Tennessee in 1925 whenthe Nashville Barn Dance opened, which later became the Grand Ole Opry.•The first commercial recording of “country music” was by Sallie Gooden in1922 by Victor Records.•The first singer to have a nationwide hit was Vernon Dalhart in 1924.•The two most influential groups of this time was the Carter Family andJimmie Rodgers. They built the foundation for the genre.•Jimmie Rodgers was considered the “Father of Country Music” and the CarterFamily was the first family of country music.
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Country music that includes elements of popular music; broadcast on radio & TV out of Nashville, Tennessee
Hillbilly is a term(often derogatory) forpeople who dwellin rural, mountainous areas of the UnitedStates, primarilysouthern Appalachia but also the Ozarks.Owing to itsstrongly stereotypical connotations, the termcan be offensive tothose Americans ofAppalachian heritage.
A singing cowboywas a subtype of thearchetypal cowboyhero of early Westernfilms, popularized bymany of the B-movies of the 1930sand 1940s. Thetypical singingcowboys were white-hat-wearing, clean-shaven heroes withthe habit of showingtheir emotions insong.
A honky-tonk (also calleda honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a typeof bar that provides musicalentertainment(usually country music) toits patrons. Bars of thiskind are common inthe Southern and Southwestern United States.The term "honky-tonk" hasalso been applied to variousstyles of 20th-centuryAmerican music.
Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, dating to the early 1950s. The term "rockabilly" is a portmanteau of "rock" (from "rock n roll") and "hillbilly", the latter a reference to the country music (often called "hillbilly music" in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the stylesdevelopment. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing,boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues. While there are notable exceptions, its origins lie primarily in the Southern United States.
Bluegrass, as a distinct musical form, developed from elements of old-time music and traditional music of the Appalachian region of the UnitedStates The Appalachian region was where many English and Ulster- Scots immigrants settled, bringing with them the musical traditions of their homelands. Hence the sounds of jigs and reels, especially as played on the fiddle, were innate to the developing style. Black musicians infused characteristics of the blues to the mix, and in a development that was key to shaping the Bluegrass sound, introduced the iconic banjo to the region.
By the late 1970s and1980s, many pop music singerspicked up the countrypolitanstyle and created what isknown as country pop, thefusion of country music andsoft rock.
Neotraditional country, alsoknown as "new traditional"country, is a country music stylethat emphasizes the instrumentalbackground and a "traditional"country vocal style. Neotraditionalcountry artists often dress in thefashions of the country music sceneof the 1940s, 1950s and early1960s. Some neotraditional artistsare sometimes associated withthe alternative country movement.