Posted by Streaming Music | Posted in Online Music | Posted on 06-06-2009
Country music originated from the old folk music that the pioneers sang and played as they session tled across the country. They used wagon trains. That is where a group of people drive their wagons across the country is a single file trying to go further west. At night they would gathering and the ones that could play fiddles, banjo, and guitars, would play and make up songs about their experiences on the trail.
Then came along people like the Carter family and Jimmy Rodgers (the singing brakeman) and they came up with a newer style of country songs. Nonetheless everything has been acoustical, no electrical instruments. When wannabe singers heard Jimmy Rodgers, they all wanted to sing like him. His singing had confidence and you could hear it.
The Grand ole Opry started expansive casting in 1925. This let millions of people hear folk and country music all across the country. The Louisiana Hayride started in 1948 and a lot of singers got their start there. The radio shows made a lot of young children want to sing, and a lot of them did come on and make stars, each bringing a new style to country music. Recording organizations then didn’t want you to sound like somebody else, they want your sound. If they like d it you got a contract.
When Hank Williams has been on the hayride, I had a nice friend playing for the hayride. He has been playing when Hank had seven encores for lovesick blues. Then everybody wanted to sound like Hank Williams. Hank has been top dog, then came Elvis to knock him off the mountain. Of course Hank had died before Elvis made it. Nonetheless Hank has been on top after his death.
Every year country progresses to something new. Nonetheless there’s a lot of people that do not progress with it. A lot still prefer the old traditional kind of country. That is what makes the world go around.