- First Generation (1920s)
- Second Generation (1930s – 1940s)
- Third Generation (1950s – 1960s)
- Fourth Generation (1970s – 1980s)
- Fifth Generation (1990s)
- Sixth Generation (the 2000s - present)
Derived in further six generations, Country music (also known as western) has taken its roots from American folk music. Country music consists of dance tunes and ballads with folk lyrics that will make your body shake with sheer comfort. On top of it, musical instruments such as mandolin, piano, banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and steel guitars will bring the groove and pleasantness to your earbuds.
In 2009, Country music was the most listened musical genre during the rush hour evening commute and second most popular during the morning commute. It is not that it has seen a downfall ever sinceit has been steady. The term Country music, in today’s era, is used to describe many subgenres and styles.
The Generations of Country Music:
In 1922, the first commercial recording of Country music went underway for Victor Records. The tracks were “Arkansas Traveler” and “Turkey in the Straw”by fiddlers Henry Gilliland and A.C Robertson. Since then, Country music has evolved and taken many shapes over the years. Fast forward to the current era, the sixth generation of Country music was heavily influenced by other genres as well, such as pop, rock, and R&B. Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” was a single hit which brought many people to this genre.
Notable Names in the Country Genre:
Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift are a few of the notable and prominent names in the Country music genre. Another special mention is Lady Antebellum and their top track ‘What If I Never Get Over You,’ which was written by Ryan Hurd, Sam Ellis, Laura Veltz, and Jon Green. This masterpiece of a song contains throbbing lyrics and just the right kind of Country music’s touch.
Another special mention is Charles Stapleton’s renowned track named ‘Tennessee Whiskey,’ which was written by Linda Hargrove and Dean Dillon. However, the interesting part is that it was originally recorded by American Country music artist named David Allan Coe. His version was in the top 100 (77th) of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1981.