Country music is a genre of United States popular music that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s.
The Southern United States, commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South, is a region of the United States of America.
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It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of United States, such as folk music, and blues music.
Blues is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.
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Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.
Recorded history or written history is a historical narrative based on a written record or other documented communication.
Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, dobros and fiddles as well as harmonicas.
The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock and roll.
An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically—by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air—as opposed to relying on electronic amplification.
The banjo is a four-, five- or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head.
The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century.
Hillbilly is a term for people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas in the United States, primarily in Appalachia and the Ozarks, Uwharrie Mountains and Caraway Mountains.
The origins of country music are the folk music of working-class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional ballads, and cowboy songs, and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities.
Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.
In 2009 country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute in the United States.