Johnny Cash
40 Greatest Hits
At Folsom Prison
Hank Williams

Country

Country music is about tradition, yet its simple form lends itself to endless variations on similar themes. Like blues -- the two genres often shared themes, melodies and songs -- country is a simple music at its core. Most of its songs are built around three chords and a plain melody, but these forms are so basic, they allow for many different styles, from the gritty sounds of honky tonk to the jazzy improvisations of Western Swing. Country music grew out of American Southern folk music, both Appalachian and blues, and old-time country was simple and folky, with just guitars and fiddles. As the genre progressed, old time music evolved into the rhythmic guitar-and-fiddle driven traditional country that became the foundation of modern country music, from honky tonk and Western Swing to the pop-oriented Countrypolitan and rock-inflected Bakersfield Sound.

Country Artists Highlights

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Hank Williams
Hank Williams
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

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Country Album Highlights

40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams
40 Greatest Hits
At Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison
Red Headed Stranger
Willie Nelson
Red Headed Stranger
Come on Over
Shania Twain
Come on Over
No Fences
Garth Brooks
No Fences
Fearless
Taylor Swift
Fearless

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Country Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Crazy Patsy Cline
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell
Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks
That Don't Impress Me Much Shania Twain
He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones
Your Cheatin' Heart Hank Williams
Deep in the Heart of Texas Gene Autry

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