Various Artists - The Rough Guide to Country Music

Various Artists - The Rough Guide to Country Music

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The term "country music" hadn't even been conceived when these American folk pioneers recorded in the 1920s and early 30s. It wasn't until the 1940s that it came into common parlance as an alternative for what was widely known as hillbilly music, something of an outdated and degrading description. Loosely speaking, country music derives from a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the southern United States and Appalachian Mountains. Its true origins however are deep rooted in the cultures of the early European settlers in America who brought their old-world folk traditions with them, which over time incorporated other musical elements such as the African American traditions of gospel and blues.