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Country musiclocked

  • Jocelyn R. Neal


The origins of country music are the folk music of mostly white, working-class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional ballads, and cowboy songs, along with African American blues and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities. In the 1920s, the recording industry and newly emerging radio industry transformed their music into a commercial genre known primarily as “hillbilly,” along with descriptors such as “old-time,” “old familiar tunes,” and “hill and range” music. Over the subsequent century, country music has evolved into a vibrant commercial genre that maintains allegiance to concepts of tradition and rusticity, even as the music continues to reflect the modernization and urbanization of its audience....

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