A Guide to Country Music
Country music seems to have connotations where people are either a big fan or the complete opposite. It is true that it is an acquired taste, but once you get the taste for it, country music can open up a whole new world.
This piece is going to take a look at what exactly makes country music the way it is, the history of country music, and everything else in between.
So, if you are interested in any of the above, stay tuned and keep on reading.
The History of Country Music
The history of country music is an extensive one. It is said to have originated in the 20th century from working-class Americans who were living in the south. The Appalachian Mountains get a specific mention here. Appalachian music was a key influence in country music development, bluegrass music, old-time music (also known as folk), jazz, and rock and roll. As the Appalachian Mountains were populated with people from all over Europe, it makes sense that a new genre with many influences was born. Not to forget that perhaps unsurprisingly, African Americans were a significant contributor to the influence of country music, many of which inspired white musicians too.
If you already have a love affair with country music and want to know how to get to the heart of it, there are a few different places you can travel to that will be able to submerge you in the world of country music.
If you want to go to the home of country music, then take a trip to Nashville. With Music City and the Country Music Hall of Fame, this city will give you many options to get stuck in. Once you have finished your quest into the world of country music, you will find that there are plenty of things to do in Nashville that are not country music-related but could still provide you with just as much fun.
There Are Many Different Sub-Genres of Country Music
It can be easy for someone to say they do not like a particular genre without understanding that there are many different sub-sections to be explored. For example, it can be difficult to decide you do not like ‘all country music’ by hearing one or two songs, as there are many sub-genres to be discovered, some of which sound completely different from others.
Some country sub-genres include:
- Early country and western
- Western swing
- Outlaw country
- Early country rock
- Alternative country
A Complete Country Newbie?
If you are new to the scene of country music and are not quite sure where to begin, then just start anywhere. With so many different sub-genres and influences, you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy. If you do need some inspiration, just press play on your favorite country tunes and let the music guide you.