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History of Country Music

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Jennifer Bruer-VanDeWeert

on 21 October 2013

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History of Country Music
Development of Country Music
Originated from American folk and western music
Influenced strongly by immigration
Irish- fiddle, folk songs, ballads
Spanish- guitar
West African Banjo
Altered by historical events
War World II- song's themes and diversity
Depression- limited resources, leisure outlet
First Generation (20's)
1929: Country music was born
Third Generation (50's-60's)
Fifth Generation (90's)
Faster tempo
More narrow narrative
Jimmie Rodgers:
Father of Country Music
Signed with Victor Records on August 1, 1927
First million-selling single, Blue Yodel #1
The Carter Family:
First Family of Country Music
First famous country vocal group
Stopped performing due to the Depression
Rock background
Targets average working American
Easy to dance to
Sixth Generation (2000's-present)
Faster tempo
More upbeat
Extreme diversity
Female musicians become more popular
Second Generation (30's)
Noteworthy Artists: Hank Williams, Bob Willis and The Texas Playboys, Ernest Tubb, Maddox Brothers, George Jones
Increase in instrumentation
Western swing era, dance music
Honky Tonk, Mexican influence
Western shows
Influenced by WWII
Noteworthy Musicians: Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley
Fourth Generation (70's-80's)
Outlaw Country
Honky tonk, folk and soft rock
Noteworthy Musicians: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Mary Osmond
Country music goes international
More youthful sound
Artists became theme oriented
More diverse
Noteworthy Musicians: Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire
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