Diversity might be the all-prevailing factor among humans but there are common threads among humanity existing since the dawn of time. Music is one such commonality and like nature, it evolves over time. For most, country music dates back to the start of the 20th century but the truth is that its origin lies in traditional folk music, in fact almost all classical music categories have this in common. Our objectives are to explore the world of country music, those who made it popular and those who dwell in it today. As secondary objects, we do look forward to exploring the lives of country musicians, what they love, the things that they used, their ideologies and beliefs, and in the process talk about things that today remind us of the good old times.
But before all that let’s look a little closer at the roots of country music.
History suggests the roots lie with Southern Appalachian Mountain immigrants who brought along instruments prevalent in the Old World about 300 years ago. Irish early settlers with the fiddle, Dulcimer, mandolin by Italians, the Spanish Guitar and the Banjo from Africa all have a huge influence over traditional country music.
Bill Malone from Country Music USA suggests that this genre started as a southern phenomenon entwining together cultural strains and local inspirations with ethnic or religious groups. Take for example the fiddle that was a part of ballads and folk songs for the Irish. In short, the Irish could very well take full claim for the grass root development of modern age Country Music. After all, the Appalachians are now believed to be decedents of Northern Irish settlers.
To cut things short, lets summarize that country music is a perfect amalgamation of European folk with African music, kind of like a waltz performed in the American south about 200 years ago.
Country Music Is More Global Than You Could Imagine
An erroneous mistake committed by country music aficionados is believing that their beloved music is actually the sole creation of European Americans. However, this style of music is a proper mixture of folk songs from early African slave communities, the Irish, Scottish and nascent dwellers of the region. In fact, as recounted in a PBS Documentary recently, country music was born from communities that comprised of blacks and whites who worked, played and stayed together in rural environments.
Later influences to country style of music were felt during the 19th century with heavy immigrations from Spain, Italy, Germany and Ireland. Such groups brought their traditional style, which in time merged with the music prevalent then to ultimately culminate in what we know today as country music.
Here are countrymusic.asn.au we will look a lot into everything to do with music but will occasionally stray out of our way to take a peek at things influencing the music in random ways. As a passionate group of country music lovers our focus will stay on music and anything that helps or brings out country music at its forefront.