Bluegrass (Bill Monroe) continued the tradition of old String Band Music and created its pure form. In 1945 first recording in classic line-up was made with Bill Monroe performing the vocals and mandolin, guitarist was Lester Flat, 5-String banjo by Earl Scruggs, fiddle by Chubby Wise and upright bass by Cedric Rainwater. They set new standard for country music. Other artist whoever was influence by Monroe was Alison Krauss, Rocky Skaggs and Sam Bush.
In 1960s country music reached its top and became multimillion-dollar industry featuring Tennessee and Nashville.
Instrumental soloing was de-emphasised in favor of trademark ‘licks’. The top artists of the type were Patsy Cline,
Jim Reeves followed by Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich. In spite of stylistic diversity of country music, it was
strangled by formulaic approach of The Nashvillie Sound producers. Due to domination of Rock ‘n’ Roll and British
Invasion world of country music world needed reinvention. Impact of this domination can be even seen today, variety of
so country music as not usually well reflected in commercial world. Download Country Music – Gospel, Folks, Rock, RAP
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1940s to 1950s, Bakersfield sound is based on the work of legendary Maddox Brothers and Rose. Their eclectic mix of hillbilly swing, gospel and old time country was feature of dance halls and honky-tonks.
In 1980s Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs and fe others brought back the traditional values of country music. With their producing skills, song composing and musicianship they helped to revive the type momentarily. In 1960s Capitol Records dumped many of their country music artists. Due to refusal of record companies to promote the established artist of country music country music hits of Jones, Cash and Haggard plunged from fame and lost their popularity.
In 1990s option country and neo traditional (insurgent country) music emerged as new form of Country Music. Several young musicians performed this new form of country music dominated mainstream country music and copied more from rock and punk music. Download Country Music – Gospel, Folks, Rock, RAP And Punk in MP3 Format
They were only few Black artists in Country Music world among them most notable are Charley Pride and Defors Bailey. At the beginning of his carrier Pride tolerated open racism. It was a big shock to many TV audiences that the country music songs they enjoyed to listen performed by a black man. The Grand Ole Opry invited Pride to join them as a member but he declined. By in 1993 Pride became the second blank member of the Grand Ole Opry. Till now Pride has major influence on traditional country music artists. Ray Charles, Keb’ Mo’ and Cowboy Troy were also influenced by Pride.
The Black Experience: From Where I stand” an album made contributions of 52 black artists in country music.
In spite the primary audiences of country music are generations of poor rural Southerners (Americans) in 1995 the country music became commercial. Today country music is enjoyed all over the world and present country music is controversial, loved, hated music. Country Music was praised for its diversity and universality but criticized for its poor quality and racism (supposed- due to frequently framed racial terms like white trash”.