It is perhaps the most beloved musical genre in the United States, and yet, it is perhaps the most overlooked. It is the music of America, and it encapsulates everything about American values. Its songs are about love, hardship, standing firm in the face of adversity, and, of course, having a good amount of fun along with it. If those are not true American values, then we do not know what are!
Country music was shaped and founded primarily in the 1920s as the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl forced Americans from all over the country to come together. People from Appalachia adopted instruments from Texas, and folks from Arizona took up styles from the Midwest. The new sound that was created was perfectly refined and encapsulated by some of country music’s greatest legends, such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. But there were so many others who made country music the dynamic slice of southern comfort it is today. so where are they now?