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									Country Music Fusion Of Country And Rock
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Country Rock – Musicians
Country music can be described as a fusion of country and rock music. This term was originally used
to describe the music of the 1960′s and 70′s. This is when rock musicians such as The Byrds and Bob
Dylan began experimenting by incorporating a bit of country music in their albums. The instruments
typically used in this genre are the piano, acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, drums and the bass
guitar.
Country rock reached its pinnacle of popularity in the 1970′s with artists like the Eagles and Emmylou
Harris. In fact, Emmylou Harris was known as the Queen of Country Rock. Linda Rondstadt, was
another musician who was associated with country rock. The Eagles were composed of members of
Linda Rondstadt’s backing band. However, the popularity of country n rock began to wane around the
end of the 1970s. Though there are some musicians like Neil Diamond, who continued to perform
country rock even till the 90s.
Let’s take a look at the history of country n rock in greater detail. The first instances of country rock
being adopted was in the 1960s by bands such as Hearts and Flowers, Poco and New Riders of the
Purple Sage. All these bands were part of the California music scene. Among the folk-rockers who
began to experiment with country rock were the Byrds, Beau Brummels and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The Everly Brothers made a comeback with a country n rock album known as the Roots in 1968. John
Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival moved to country rock when he became a part of The Blue
Ridge Rangers. Neil Young performed country n rock on and off throughout his career.


Country Rock Musicians
During the 1970s, Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band, is credited with introducing bits of
country n rock to the band.
It was during this period that the Doobie Brothers mixed R&B elements with country n rock and
Emmylou Harris became an iconic figure for this genre of music. Linda Rondstadt went on to
successfully create a pop-oriented version of country rock.
Apart from the artists already mentioned, the most noteworthy country rock musicians/bands of the
1970s were Swampwater, Grateful Dead, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Bob Dylan, Michael
Nesmith, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pure
Prairie League, Gene Clark, The Outlaws, Joe Ely, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Ozark Mountain
Daredevils, Gram Parsons and Ry Cooder.

Country Rock Continues To Be Popular
Country was also instrumental in the development of Southern rock. It also formed the foundation for
the formation of the alternative country movement. Country n rock continues to be popular even now in
the state of Texas, exactly where it is accorded cult status. In fact, The Flat landers, Joe Ely, Butch Han
cock, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and California-based Richard Brooker, have recorded country rock albums
in Texas.
There are some performers who have occasionally recorded country rock albums. Notable among these
are Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue (1981) and the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss recording Raising Sand.
Raising Sand was widely regarded as one of the most commercially successful albums that year.

								
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