Country Music

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Country Music is a genre of United States popular music that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s.

 It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of United States, such as folk music (especially Appalachian folk music), and blues musicBlues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.

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 Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitarsdobros and fiddles as well as harmonicas.

 According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century.

The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. The origins of country music are the folk music of working-class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional ballads, and cowboy songs, and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities.

 In 2009 country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute in the United States.
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 The Bristol Sessions, Tennessee, 1927

A.P. Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter
A.P. Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter
Bristol, Tennessee, has been formally recognized by the U.S. Congress as the “Birthplace of Country Music”, based on the historic Bristol recording sessions of 1927.


 The Bristol Sessions are considered the “Big Bang” of modern country music. They were held in 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee by Victor Talking Machine Company company producer Ralph Peer.
 Bristol was one of the stops on a two-month, $60,000 trip that took Peer through several major southern cities and yielded important recordings of blues, ragtime, gospel, ballads, topical songs, and string bands.
 The Bristol Sessions marked the commercial debuts of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. As a result of the influence of these recording sessions, Bristol has been called the “birthplace of country music”.
 Historians have also noted the influence of the less-known Johnson City sessions of 1928 and 1929, and the Knoxville sessions of 1929 and 1930. Prior to these, pioneer settlers, in the Great Smoky Mountains region, had developed a rich musical heritage.
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Bristol Recording Sessions, Tennessee 1927
Bristol Recording Sessions, Tennessee 1927
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 Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man 1969

Tammy Wynette ‎– Stand By Your Man 1969
Tammy Wynette ‎– Stand By Your Man 1969
Tammy Wynette’s third album, Stand By Your Man (released in early 1969) certainly doesn’t mess with the image Wynette was solidifying with the title song, her fourth solo No. 1 country single.
Virtually every tune is about a broken family, the biggest tearjerker in a whole set of ’em being “Don’t Make Me Go to School,” which tells the story from a fourth-grade child’s point of view.
On “There’s Quite a Woman,” one of two bonus tracks, Wynette worries about whether her daughter will be able to cut it as a mom and wife.
For all its limited scope (and interest), the CD does recall how much of her early work managed a ’40s and ’50s pop feel, despite stone country songs and instrumentation. And Wynette’s voice already has that irresistible throb, though it’s not as expansive as it would become, and producer Billy Sherrill has to hide her shortcomings under bombastic production.
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 Linda Ronstadt – Hand Sown Home Grown

Linda Ronstadt - Hand Sown Home Grown
Linda Ronstadt – Hand Sown Home Grown
 Linda Ronstadt – Hand Sown Home Grown

Linda Ronstadt Hand Sown … Home Grown

Hand Sown … Home Grown is the debut solo studio album by American singer songwriter Linda Ronstadt, released in March 1969 through Capitol Records. Produced by Chip Douglas of the Turtles, the album saw Ronstadt take a decisive turn away from the folk rock of The Stone Poneys toward country and rock. Among others, Hand Sown… features covers of songs by the Flying Burrito Brothers and Bob Dylan and a song written by fellow Stone Poney Kenny Edwards, who would go on to perform in her band through the 1970s.

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 Moanin’ the Blues by Hank Williams 1952 MGM Records

Moanin' the Blues by Hank Williams 1952 MGM Records
Moanin’ the Blues by Hank Williams 1952 MGM Records
 Moanin’ the Blues is Hank Williams’ second album released on MGM Records released in 1952.
Like Williams’ debut LP Hank Williams Sings, Moanin’ the Blues contained no new music at the time of its release. Unlike his debut, which was composed mostly of B-sidesthat had fared poorly upon release, his second album is packed with hits, including three #1 smashes: “Lovesick Blues,” “Long Gone Lonesome Blues,” and “Honky Tonk Blues.” “Moanin’ the Blues” and “I’m a Long Gone Daddy” were also Top 10 hits, peaking at #2 and #6 respectively. Although it did not chart when it was released, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” which many believe to be Williams’ songwriting masterpiece, is also featured on the LP. The tracks were recorded between 1947 and 1951, with the most recent cut being “Honky Tonk Blues.” With the exception of “Lovesick Blues,” Williams composed all the songs. The recordings were produced by Fred Rose, who also compiled the album around a blues theme. Curiously, Williams’ most blues-influenced cuts, “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It” and the nascent rock and roller “Move It on Over,” are omitted. It was unlikely that the album was a major priority for MGM; it was axiomatic that country LPs didn’t sell, and the notion of a single as a trailer for the hugely more profitable album was still more than ten years away.
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   Music from Big Pink  by The Band 1968 Capitol Records

Music from Big Pink by The Band
Music from Big Pink by The Band
  Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by the Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive blend of countryrockfolkclassicalR&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick DankoRichard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West SaugertiesNew York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the band’s backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as the Hawks) and time spent together in upstate New York recording material that was officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes, also with Dylan. The cover artwork is a painting by Dylan.
 The Band began to create their distinctive sound during 1967, when they improvised and recorded with Bob Dylan a huge number of cover songs and original Dylan material in the basement of a pink house in West Saugerties, New York, located at 56 Parnassus Lane (formerly 2188 Stoll Road). The house was built by Ottmar Gramms, who bought the land in 1952. The house was newly built when Rick Danko found it as a rental. Danko moved in along with Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel in February 1967. The house became known locally as “Big Pink’ for its pink siding. The house was subsequently sold by Gramms in 1977, and since 1998, it has been a private residence.
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Ode to Billie Joe is the debut solo studio album by Bobbie Gentry. It was released in 1967. It was produced by Kelly Gordon and arranged by Jimmie Haskell and Shorty Rogers. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
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