Essential Country +

Country Music initially derived from Irish immigrants that made up the majority in the southeastern states of America. It came over time to also include such far flung influences as African (Banjo), African-American (Blues and Swing), Mexican and Hawaiian music. Country music then also proved to have an enormous influence on Rockabilly and Rock and Roll music. In the following playlist we've tried to provide a selection of some of the essential examples of the various styles of country music from hillbilly to honky tonk to ballads, spirituals, the bakersfield sound and finally beyond to more modern examples of Rock and Roll influenced by Country.

Published on by Chuck O'Rourke.