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Lesson Four: Different Types of Country

Country Rocks


Back to a Hard Country Sound

While some believed that rock & roll killed hillbilly music, others seized the moment to liven up their country sounds with inventive rhythm and harmony. Ray Price added a "shuffle" beat to his honky tonk sound, while in Bakersfield, Buck Owens fashioned a sound that borrowed from Elvis and other rockers. By the early 1960s, hard country was established as a counterpoint to the Nashville Sound.

In the late 1960s, Gram Parsons along with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmylou Harris put out songs with traditional country themes with a rock beat. Later on, bands like The Eagles would top the pop charts with their country rock songs.

Country Rock Music Suggestions:

Ray Price:

Buck Owens:

Gram Parsons

Emmylou Harris:

The Eagles:

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