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With its roots in traditional folk, blues, gospel, and Celtic fiddle music, American country music as we know it today arose as a specific style in the early 20th century.

Bluegrass and honky tonk soon became the dominant and most popular form of American country music promoted on radio stations and live entertainment venues throughout the South. Country music legend Hank Williams would later be credited with moving "country & western" music into the mainstream inspring such other artists as Jerry Lee Lewis and early '50's rock 'n roll acts.

In the 60's and 70's, country music's roots in the blues eventually became fodder for humorists when the genre became most best known for syrupy lyrics and over-the-top song titles. Today, country music is being infused with rock, rap and even hip hop influences (see Big & Rich) while female singers are stretching the boundaries in both attitude and subject matter with such hits as "Before He Cheats" released by Carrie Underwood in 2006.

Now into its second century, country music continues to grow in sophistication and popularity — encompassing blue grass, honky tonk, soft rock, rockabilly, traditional, neo-traditional, and Christian rock — with crossovers to the Top 100 pop music charts.

In Germany, Australia, Russia and in the UK an ardent fan base still exists among a population that remains intrigued with American cowboy culture long promoted by another strong U.S. import, Hollywood movies.


Country Music On the Web

Below, see and hear more about country music on the Web at top sites offering the music videos, streaming radio hits, picture galleries, as well as the latest news & updates on the music country scene. Just up ahead, also check out the most popular American country music artists today with complete bio's, photos, and related resources including where to discover major fan sites & tour dates:

Trace Adkins Faith Hill Rascal Flatts
Big & Rich Reba McEntire George Strait
Clint Black Tim McGraw Sugarland
Garth Brooks Brad Paisley Carrie Underwood
Kenny Chesney Dolly Parton Keith Urban


also see in Pop Culture ->
Academy of Country Music Awards

American Music Awards | CMT Music Awards

Country Music Association Awards

 


Top Country Music Resources


CMT.com - Check out the premiere place for the latest American country music news, videos, audio & radio hits, star profiles, as well as the complete CMT TV schedule and a busy fan message board.

Country Music in Russia - Quick overview with information on the country music scene and popular bands with information on the roots of American country music in Russia.

 

 



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