Entertainment From the World of Country Music
Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in Southern United States, in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of American folk music and Western music.
Like the blues, country music is a homegrown American art form. Like jazz, country music was big before World War II and then had to contend with the rock and roll revolution from mid-century onwards. Like rock and roll, country music is often a culture unto itself: a look, a feel, and an attitude.
But the similarities only go so far. The story of country is unique within the history of popular music. From folksy, traditional origins, country music grew to a sophisticated multi-billion dollar a year business. From the honky-tonk bars of rural Texas and the mountains of Appalachia, country sounds have come to permeate popular music and to constantly assimilate new pop influences.
In other words, the story of country music is big, bigger probably than anyone would have expected a music so strongly tied to a vanishing rural past to ever get. The story of country music is so big, in fact, that it’s not hard to see quite a bit of the history of twentieth century America in the history of its biggest music.
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