Alternative Country, sometimes known as Insurgent Country, can refer to several ideas. Most generally, any musician that plays a sound unlike the dominant trends in country music at the time plays alternative country. By this standard, for example, the Bakersfield sound was alternative in the 1950s, and the Lubbock, Texas...
Americana refers to artifacts of unmistakably American culture. A few examples include: Baseball Apple pie The Diner George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue American Folk Art Norman Rockwell In music, Americana is a loose subset of American roots music, that is perhaps best defined as classic American music __ ranging...
Close harmony is usually better heard than described. It consists of chords within a narrow range, typically within one octave. An example is Glenn Millers Moonlight Serenade using the full range of single-reed wind instruments (soprano and bass clarinets, soprano, tenor, and bass saxophones) to make a distinctive...
Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. While such cross-pollination has occurred throughout the history of both genres, the term is usually used to refer to the wave of groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s who began...
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish traditional music and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scotch-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of African_American slaves. It was this tradition that A...
Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. Honky tonks were also known as Tonks or Tunks. These were usually establishments selling alcohol to a working-class clientele. Honky tonks sometimes also offered dancing to piano...
The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, at bars such as The Blackboard. Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slick, string-laden Nashville sound, which was popular at the time. Artists like Wynn Stewart used...
The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, who were producing records in Nashville, invented the form by stripping the honky tonk roughness from traditional country and adding jazzy production and pop song structures. Patsy Cline was one of...
Western swing, also known as Country Swing, is dance music with an up-tempo beat and a decidedly Southwestern US regional flavor. It consists of an eclectic combination of country, cowboy, polka, and folk music, blended with a jazzy swing, with a tip of the hat to New Orleans jazz...
Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music.
Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family are widely considered to be the founders of country music, and their songs were first captured at an historic recording session in Bristol, Tennessee on August 1, 1927, where Ralph Peer was the talent scout and sound recordist.
Even today the variety of country music is not usually well reflected in commercial radio airplay and the popular perception of country music is fraught with stereotypes of Hillbilly's and maudlin ballads.
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