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History of the Country Music
Country music is a distinctly American genre that began in the Appalachian Mountains and has spread internationally.
Country music is an American musical style that incorporates elements of folk, bluegrass, blues, and rural dance music. Music historians trace its origins to the southern Appalachian Mountains in the late 1920s, particularly in eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Over the course of the twentieth century, the genre spread in all directions, particularly westward, which has led some to refer to it as country western music.
There have been robust country music scenes all throughout the United States, including in Austin, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Bakersfield, California. However, the modern hub of the country music genre is Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is home to the legendary Grand Ole Opry venue, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and countless studios where country stars record chart-topping hits.