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Country music

Music genre
NameCountry music
Stylistic originsAppalachian folk music, maritime folk music, blues, bluegrass, gospel, anglo-celtic music, old-time music
Cultural originsEarly 20th century Atlantic Canada and the Southern United States
Typical instrumentsGuitar - Bass - Electric bass guitar - Dobro - Electric guitar - Steel guitar - Pedal steel guitar - Mandolin - Banjo - Double bass - Fiddle - Piano - Electronic keyboard - Drums - Harmonica - Vocals
Mainstream popularity1920s � present
High in Australia, Canada, South Africa (Afrikaners), Brazil and the US,
Medium in United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and New Zealand
Low in Asia, Africa, Latin America and mainland Europe.
Derivative formsRock and roll, dansband, roots rock, southern rock, heartland rock
SubgenresBakersfield sound - Close harmony - Honky tonk - Jug band - Lubbock sound - Nashville sound - Neotraditional country - Outlaw country - Red Dirt - Western swing - Texas country
Subgenre listList of country genres
Fusion genresAlternative country - Country rock - Psychobilly - Rockabilly - Gothabilly - Cowpunk - Country-rap - Country pop - Country soul - Southern soul
Other topicsCountry musicians - List of years in country music

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Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the Southern United States in the 1920s.

The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres.

Harlan Howard stated "Country music is three chords and the truth."

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