Listening To Country Music
Country music is a term used to collectively describe any style of music that originates in the United States and is now considered popular with an audience interested in traditional music. It typically has a folk or bluegrass flavor, but country music is also known for incorporating other types of traditional music, which it takes some of its influences from. Some country songs have been made especially for this purpose.
Folk music is a category on its own that contains many sub-genres. Folk music often has a much more concrete sound than country music, often containing elements of blues and western swing. However, country music often takes elements from folk songs and makes them country music. Examples of this would beacements by Fats Domino and Wilson Pickett. Fats Domino and Wilson Pickett both did recordings in the early part of the 20th century that are often considered to be country tunes, however their recordings fall into the more folk category than country music.
Bluegrass is another classification of country music. It is different because the tempo is normally faster than the folk genre. Blues is the most common genre within bluegrass, which takes elements from several other genres. One example would be the harmonic guitar, which is commonly used. Other instruments often played are the mandolin, harmonica (especially played through an instrument called the glass bowl), banjo (which is played with a stringed instrument hung from a banjo rack), fiddle (also played with a stringed instrument called a fiddle), upright bass (also played with a stringed instrument called a bass guitar), and even the xylophone.
Old time country music often contains elements from certain Western songs and stories. Many times, country music is heard as a precursor to the modern Western. Many people enjoy listening to old country music on the radio. There are many radio stations that feature old time country music in their shows. One can even search radio stations online to find websites featuring old time country music.
Hip-hop and rap are two other important genres of country music. Hip-hop is one of the most popular styles of music today. It features dance breakdancing, complex lyrics, complex beat structure, and samples of famous music artists. Rap is very hard to describe, as it is very difficult to decipher what is typical rap verses and what is typical rapper rapping. Both styles share a similar characteristic, which is hip-hop use of sample sounds from various sources. Both rap and hip-hop have become extremely popular in recent years.
The most well-known and influential type of country music is folk. It is very distinct from traditional country music in that it uses musical instruments in much of its sound. There are many artists who fit this particular genre. Some of the most popular artists who fit this type of genre are: Randy Poppert, Mose Allison, BB King, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Georgia Kelly, Waylon Jennings, Merle Ginsberg, John Singleton Lewis, Glen Glenn, Chicano & Chicano vocals, Cream, Ray Vaughan, Buck Knobbs, Tomses, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and so many others. Folk music can be interesting to listen to, with a wide variety of instruments used in the background.