This is an audio version of the Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_music 00:01:40 1 Origins 00:02:05 1.1 Role of East Tennessee 00:03:05 2 Generations 00:10:10 3 History 00:10:19 3.1 First generation (1920s) 00:13:18 3.2 Second generation (1930s–1940s) 00:14:48 3.2.1 Singing cowboys and Western swing 00:16:30 3.2.2 Changing instrumentation 00:18:13 3.2.3 Hillbilly boogie 00:19:34 3.2.4 Bluegrass, folk and gospel 00:20:55 3.2.5 Honky tonk 00:22:59 3.3 Third generation (1950s–1960s) 00:25:35 3.3.1 Rockabilly 00:28:12 3.3.2 The Nashville and countrypolitan sounds 00:30:25 3.3.3 Country-soul crossover 00:30:57 3.3.4 Bakersfield sound 00:32:25 3.4 Decline of Western music and the cowboy ballad 00:33:32 3.5 Fourth generation (1970s–1980s) 00:33:45 3.5.1 Outlaw country and Red Dirt 00:35:55 3.5.2 Country pop 00:41:33 3.5.3 Country rock 00:44:37 3.5.4 Neocountry 00:45:56 3.5.5 Truck driving country 00:46:55 3.5.6 Neotraditionalist movement 00:48:36 3.6 Fifth generation (1990s) 00:50:59 3.6.1 Success of female artists 00:54:36 3.6.2 Line dancing revival 00:55:34 3.6.3 Alt-country/Americana 01:00:35 3.7 Sixth generation (2000s–present) 01:02:07 3.7.1 Popular culture 01:12:23 3.7.2 Pop-Country 01:13:14 4 International 01:13:23 4.1 Canada 01:18:48 4.2 Australia 01:28:04 4.3 United Kingdom 01:33:18 4.4 Other international country music 01:34:49 4.4.1 Latin America 01:36:56 4.4.2 Asia 01:39:09 4.4.3 Europe 01:41:33 5 Performers and shows 01:41:44 5.1 US cable television 01:43:00 5.2 Canadian television 01:44:40 5.3 Australian cable television 01:44:59 5.4 UK digital television 01:45:25 5.5 Festivals Listening is a more natural way of learning, when compared to reading. Written language only began at around 3200 BC, but spoken language has existed long ago. Learning by listening is a great way to: - increases imagination and understanding - improves your listening skills - improves your own spoken accent - learn while on the move - reduce eye strain Now learn the vast amount of general knowledge available on Wikipedia through audio (audio article). You could even learn subconsciously by playing the audio while you are sleeping! If you are planning to listen a lot, you could try using a bone conduction headphone, or a standard speaker instead of an earphone. Listen on Google Assistant through Extra Audio: https://assistant.google.com/services/invoke/uid/0000001a130b3f91 Other Wikipedia audio articles at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wikipedia+tts Upload your own Wikipedia articles through: https://github.com/nodef/wikipedia-tts Speaking Rate: 0.8970407710894606 Voice name: en-US-Wavenet-B "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates SUMMARY ======= Country music, also known as country and western (or simply country), and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music (especially Appalachian folk and Western music) and blues. 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 (such as pedal steels and dobros), and fiddles as well as harmonicas. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.According to Lindsey Starnes, 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. In 2009 in the United States, country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute.The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. 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.