Country: A Regional Exploration

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Music - 283 pages
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Over its eighty-year history, country music has evolved from little-known local talents to multimillion-dollar superstar musicians. In the 1920s, the first country music was broadcast from WSB radio in Atlanta and WBAP in Fort Worth, and the first records were recorded for Victor. In the 1930s, the first singing cowboys, among them Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, became film stars. After the war years, recordings boomed, and the Country Music Association was founded in 1958. Country music programs began on television with Porter Waggoner's program in 1960, followed by The Johnny Cash Show and Hee Haw. The Nashville Network channel was established in 1993, and from then on, the popular stars of country music have continued to break records, selling millions of copies of their albums. This book examines country music as it developed in regions throughout the United States, noting characteristics of its various subgenres such as bluegrass, honkytonk, and neotraditional music. It provides an indepth look at the people and events that have shaped the industry, and identifies the landmark recordings that old and new fans alike will want to add to their collections.

Provides a detailed history of the following subgenres: hillbilly music, cowboy music, western swing, country rock, bluegrass, Nashville sound, and neotraditional, among others. Includes a chronology of country music and an extensive chapter of biographical sketches of all the major songwriters, musicians, and people in the industry.


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The plane crash that my Dad, Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copus was NOT March was March 5, 1963.


1 A Brief Survey of Eighty Years of Musical History
The Early Years of Hillbilly Music 19221941
Real and Reel
4 Western Swing
HonkyTonkin around This Town 19411955
6 Rockin in the Country 19541960
7 Bluegrass Pickin and Singin
8 The Nashville Sound and More Since 1958
Biographical Sketches
Selected Bibliography

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IVAN TRIBE is Professor of History in the Social Science Department at University of Rio Grande.

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