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date: 11 November 2019

Country rocklocked

  • Olivia Carter Mather

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An American style of rock music developed in the 1960s that incorporates elements of country music. Typical instrumentation features a basic rock band format (electric guitar, electric bass, drums) plus pedal steel and an additional electric or acoustic guitar. Many bands also augmented their line-ups with mandolin, fiddle, or banjo. Of all the styles of country music, Hard country had the greatest influence. Buck Owens’s music featured prominently in the country rock community’s mythology and in elements of musical style (male duet singing, heavy drumming, and a preference for the Fender Telecaster guitar). Country rock’s repertory consisted of originals and covers of contemporary country songs, especially those by artists from Bakersfield, California or Los Angeles. Many singers had earlier careers in the folk revival but adopted country techniques such as yodeling, sliding between thirds, “widening” of vowels in imitation of southern accents, and “straight” tone in favor of vocal vibrato. The style as developed in the 1960s is a forerunner of alt.country. The term “country rock” has also been used in reference to crossover country musicians....

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