Country music

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Country music is a genre of American popular music that began in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s.[1] It takes its roots from southeastern American folk music and Western music. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.[2] 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, fiddles, and harmonicas.[3][4][5]


  1. Richard A. Peterson (1999-12-15). Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity. University of Chicago Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-226-66285-5. 
  2. Richard J. Ripani (2006-08-01). The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-57806-861-6. 
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  4. Country music - Definition. Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  5. Country music - Definition from WordWeb