Country Music

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Hillbilly Music Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs The Foggy Mountain Boys
Hillbilly Music Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs The Foggy Mountain Boys

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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.

 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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