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Old-Timey (or old-time) refers to the oldest form of country music ever recorded. Country music was first recorded in the early '20s, and its style and sound had remained consistent since the 1800s. Though it encompassed a number of different influences, the music's roots lay in British folk songs, which were played on stringed instruments, such as the fiddle. By the late 1800s, rural Americans had begun playing the folk songs on Spanish guitars and African banjos as well, adding other instruments -- dobro, bass, washboards -- to the mix. During the early 1900s, this country folk music added some contemporary influences, particularly the blues and vaudeville comedy. This rurally eclectic amalgamation was the sound of country music during the '20s, and it would forever be identified as "old-time" country, because it was the music that evoked country's roots. Though the music began to evolve in the '30s, as Jimmie Rodgers brought country into the industrial age, there were groups that performed old-time into the end of the century, frequently without changing the conventions of the genre at all. One major style within old-time was bluegrass, which developed in the late '40s as a reaction to the increasing modernization of country music.

Old-Timey Artists Highlights

The Carter Family
The Carter Family
Norman Blake
Norman Blake
Dock Boggs
Dock Boggs
The Stanley Brothers
The Stanley Brothers
Doc Watson
Doc Watson
Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe

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Old-Timey Album Highlights

Anchored in Love: Their Complete Victor Recordings (1927-28)
The Carter Family
Anchored in Love: Their ...
The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
Bill Monroe / Bill Monroe ...
The Very Best of Bill ...
Can the Circle Be Unbroken?: Country Music's First Family
The Carter Family / The ...
Can the Circle Be ...
The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)
Bill Monroe
The Essential Bill Monroe ...
The Definitive Collection 1947-1966
The Stanley Brothers
The Definitive Collection ...
Old Ties
Norman Blake
Old Ties

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Old-Timey Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man The Carter Family
Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Kentucky Waltz Bill Monroe / Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
O Death
The Stanley Brothers
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Norman Blake
Tom Dooley
Doc Watson
Wildwood Flower The Carter Family
Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe
My Clinch Mountain Home The Carter Family
Travelin' This Lonesome Road Bill Monroe

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