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Diffusion of Country Music
Transcript of Diffusion of Country Music
Nashville, TN was the birthplace of the well known style of music known as country. By the early 1900s, the recording industry had begun, but most musicians had to travel to New York City to record their music. In 1927, Ralph Peer of Victor Records decided to try something different. He went to Bristol, Tennessee, to record local musicians. He thought that old-time and "hillbilly" musicians could be found there.
In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression further shaped country music. During this time, songs about losing one's home and the image of the cowboy as a hard-working, lonesome American icon became popular. Country music came to embrace themes of sorrow and heartbreak that were seldom found in the popular music played in America's cities. As a generation headed West in search of opportunity, country music spread from hubs like Nashville across the American southwest.
Country begins to Change
In the early 1980's, Garth Brooks brought a whole new generation to follow country music. His upbeat performances and songs made country music popularity skyrocket.
Modern day Country
As the world the has became more technological, so has the music industry with more eletrifying beats and rhythms. For example, the well know group known as Florida-Georgia line has forever changed the industry with there mix of country and rap.