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Country Music: From Backwood To Hollywood

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For many Americans, country isn’t just a type of music. It’s a lifestyle. From sippin’ sweet tea on the porch, drinking beer at a tailgate or driving a pick up down the backroads, country music has made its way into the hearts and minds of many Americans. It is one of the only truly home grown American art forms. Its relatability and wide appeal has made country music one of the most commercially successful and popular genres in the United States. Using the work of scholars Tichi, Pecknold, and Ellison, I will show how country music grew from its rural southern roots into an integral part of American culture.

Country music originated in the Appalachian mountains of the Southern United States and has traditional folk roots that date from the early 20th century. The commercial history of country music began in the Southern United States in the 1920’s, during a ‘period of intense modernization’ (Ellison, 1995). It wasn’t until this time that country was considered a viable music genre. It was first identified as ‘hillbilly’ music in 1925 and later became known officially as ‘country’ by its designation on the Billboard Music charts (Shmoop, 2014). Widely considered the ‘Mother Church’ of country, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville became the home of many emerging and already established artists (Tichi, 1994:21). Coupled with the rise of radio and barn dance programs, country’s popularity increased greatly. Ellison (1995) describes country’s evolution from ‘rustic radio programs’ to a genre with an ‘extensive national network of fans unparalled in other forms of popular music’. During the 1930’s, the Great Depression assisted in the spread of country music throughout the US, with many poor unemployed Southerners migrating north, taking the music with them. Post World War II America saw another massive boom in country music. Artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash dominated popular music during the late 50’s and 60’s infusing rock and soul elements with traditional country. Moving into the 70’s, country rock and ‘outlaw country’ steered the genre in a new direction, away from traditional honky tonk and into a new era. Moving in to the later decades of the 20th century, a new group of transitional country stars appeared such as Garth Brooks, bridging the gap between old country and new by infusing a youthful sound into the genre. In more recent years, country has well and truly entered the mainstream culture in the United States creating hugely successful artists.

Country music has very distinct stylistic origins. The genre originated as a fusion of bluegrass, folk music and gospel. Throughout the years, various other genres such as rock and soul have had an influence on country and assisted in its transition from traditional to modern. Despite country music’s evolution throughout the decades, it has held true to its roots while taking on new influences, which in many ways is a reflection of the American people and country itself....

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