Country music is a genre of music all on its own. However, over the last fifty years or so, rock music has slowly been creeping into country music, giving many country songs a new sound, a new genre that can be termed country rock. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, artists began recording songs that were clearly identified as rock songs, yet used certain vocal styles and themes that were considered to be from the country genre. They would also include different instruments than were typical of rock songs, such as pedal steel guitar and fiddle. When any one of these country elements was seen in what was on the surface a rock song, the song then became a country rock song. Country rock themes can be seen in music from as early as the 1950’s. It became a popular trend in California in the late 1960’s, and reached its greatest popularity in the 1970’s.
Some of the more popular country rock legends include some well-known artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Emmy Lou Harris, whose music is still known and loved today. Another popular band that reached fame by rocking with a country twist was The Eagles, who became very well-known in the 1970’s and went on to become one of the most successful rock bands to hit the music scene.
Artists are still recording country rock songs and albums today.
This genre may have already reached its peak of popularity, but another one could be just around the corner. These days, rock is once again finding its way into country music.