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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 grid list

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Hank Williams
Hank Williams
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Buck Owens
Buck Owens
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
George Strait
George Strait
Ernest Tubb
Ernest Tubb
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson
Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire
Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn
George Jones
George Jones
Roy Acuff
Roy Acuff
Lady A
Lady A
Randy Travis
Randy Travis
The Carter Family
The Carter Family
Charley Pride
Charley Pride
The Chicks
The Chicks
Ray Price
Ray Price
Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
Hank Snow
Hank Snow
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson
Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
Toby Keith
Toby Keith
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Tammy Wynette
Tammy Wynette
Shania Twain
Shania Twain
David Allan Coe
David Allan Coe
Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
Vince Gill
Vince Gill
Gene Autry
Gene Autry
Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty
Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson
Bob Wills
Bob Wills
Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
The Judds
The Judds
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Billy Joe Shaver
Billy Joe Shaver
Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley
Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Tennessee Ernie Ford

Country subgenres and styles [+]