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Country Music History and Genres

Getting started in the world of country music. Find information on country music history, the various different styles and genres, and more.
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Country Music Styles
Explore the many styles of country music with this guide that looks at bluegrass, country-rock, contemporary country music, and beyond.

New Country - Anatomy of a Genre
When people complain about country music going pop, they're talking about New Country music. Learn about the birth of the new style and its most representative artists.

The History of Country Music
The earliest record of country music can be found in recordings Southern Appalachian fiddle players made in the late 1910s, but it wasn’t until the early ‘20s that country music as a viable recorded genre took hold.

Biggest Scandals in Country Music
From public feuds to cold-blooded murder, here are the biggest controversies to rock the country music world.

Country Music Goes Hawaiian
Country music has deep roots in the land of hula skirts.

Bob Dylan's Country Connections
Make no mistake: rock-and-roll laureate Bob Dylan has been a longtime country music fan.

The Nashville Sound
Country music got a glossy overhaul in the 1950s and '60s. The new recording style became known as the Nashville Sound.

Bakersfield Country
Bakersfield singers like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens turned up their guitars to win fame and make history. Take a tour through the world of Bakersfield country with this article.

New Traditionalist Country Music
New Traditionalist artists rejuvenated the country music industry in the 1980s.

Cowboy Country Music
Country singers won't stop wearing cowboy hats anytime soon. Learn about how country music became country-WESTERN.

Urban Cowboy
Disco died, and listeners fled to country music.

Cowpunk
Cowpunk is country music with the energy of punk rock.

Nudie Suits
Nudie suits were the attire of choice for country music's biggest stars.

Glossary of Country Music Terms
Country Music 101 - a glossary of common country music terms

Louisiana Hayride: Radio & Roots Music Along the Red River - Tracey E. W. Laird
Review of Tracey E. W. Laird's book, Louisiana Hayride: Radio & Roots Music Along the Red River.

Early Country Music
How did country music start? Find all the answers with this exploration of the genre's beginnings.

Best Football Songs
A rundown of country's best football songs, perfect for any game day.

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