Roots of Country Music
November 04, 2010
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters. But first and foremost, it was the music that people played at home for their own entertainment. Bovee and Heil present this traditional music in its original style, raw and honest, with fiddle, banjo, guitar, and harmonica accompaniment. Take a step back in time to hear southern mountain ballads, cowboy songs, dance music, humorous ditties, and sentimental numbers. You'll see why this music is still alive and kicking.
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