Nashville is best known as the Home of Country Music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920’s.
It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music, especially Appalachian folk and Western and blues.
No song is more iconic of country music than the legendary Will The Circle Be Unbroken, this time performed by the transition group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, accompanied by Vince Gill.
And no performers are more synonymous of traditional Country Music than Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, shown to the right, whom my dear sweet Ma loved.
Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms, folk lyrics and harmonies mostly accompanied by string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitars and fiddles, as well as harmonicas.
The term country music is used today to describe many styles and sub-genres. The origins of country music are found in the folk music of working class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs and the musical traditions of various groups of European immigrants.