Honky Tonk music is not exactly a genre, but it does describe a type of place and the kind of people who play it. Mega-country stars like Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, and Trace Adkins have sung about these legendary places. Every reference to a honky tonk makes it sound like the most fun place in the world. What exactly is honky tonk music though?
In order to explain what honky tonk music is, you have to understand what a honky tonk is. A honky tonk is a wild and rowdy bar with the same type of clientele. Read the rest of this entry »
Country music has been around for a long time, and it seems as if every country music fan has his or her own set of favorite singers. Although there have been a lot of talented country singers over the years, one great era for country music was in the ’90s.
For example, a lot of male country singers reigned this era with their songs about love, heartbreak, drinking and other issues that made up their lives. From Garth Brooks to George Strait, these talented singers often brought down the house with their likeable tunes, and people enjoyed these songs Read the rest of this entry »
Thinking back to the Eighties Era of the Best Country Music Singers, some people depending on their age at the time, will think of people like Chris Ledeoux and Eddie Rabbit. Others might think of George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn. We also have the Legendary Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers. Other Best Country Music Singers from the Eighties Era include George Straight, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, and Randy Skaggs. We also have Trisha Yearwood and Dwight Yoakam. Some of these amazing musicians are still singing today, some of them have gone on to pursue Read the rest of this entry »
Some of the most enduring and timeless country songs came from the seventies. That era gave us some of the best singers of country music of all time such as Loretta Lynn. Loretta sang about what she knew, being a coal miners daughter, and put her heart into every song she sang.
Johnny Cash, one of the most beloved country singers of all time, gave us classics like “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” in the seventies but kept singing until his death in 2003. George Jones who is 1 in charted hit and widely regarded as the greatest living Read the rest of this entry »
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Nashville
Some of Country Music’s most memorable country singers of the Sixties Era inspired a future generation of Southern rock bands and singers. In the early part of the Sixties Era, male and female country singers brought deep roots of Country Music to the entire world. Country singers like Johnny Cash had back up bands or were musicians and lead singers in their own bands. Duos often joined Read the rest of this entry »
While country music has been a major genre over the years, it was at its best in the 1950s when innovative artists began changing the way we understood and listened to music as a form of entertainment. Artists like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Chet Atkins were some of the names which helped Nashville turn country music into a multi-million dollar industry almost overnight.
Around the 1950s is when country music began to really turn into a profitable section Read the rest of this entry »
Country starts sing about a lot of things but you’ve got to admit, love is the most frequent. We like the songs that talk more about shotguns than ADT and pride in the country but who are we to judge? Here are a few of country’s best love song writers
Brad Paisley – He’s got a way with words and when he’s using them to sing about his beloved wife it’s practically poetry. His voice alone is soothing but when you listen to his Read the rest of this entry »
Here are the top ten most popular country western female artists over the last decade or so and some information about their careers:
1. Dixie Chicks (technically a band, but all-female)– 71 singles; four multi-platinum albums (denotes over one million copies sold); over 30 million albums sold in US; top-selling all-female band during modern era
2. Carrie Underwood– 111 singles; three multi-platinum albums
3. Taylor Swift–three multi-platinum albums; over 20 million albums sold worldwide; top-selling digital artist in history
4. Martina McBride– 51 singles on country charts; nine Read the rest of this entry »
Rockabilly is 1950s country music infused with the hard-edged rhythms of Rhythm & Blues. Nobody represents the rockabilly sound better than Carl Perkins. As a child, he listened to the sounds of Roy Acuff and other country stars of the Grand Ole Opry. He also heard the Western Swing sound of Bob Wills. But right next to him, growing up in the cotton fields of Tiptonville, Tennessee, were African-American sharecroppers who sang blues and gospel. These sounds came together Read the rest of this entry »
The word “country pop” has been batted recently as a term to define a specific genre of music. Many people aren’t exactly sure what that is. Is it country music that is popular? Or is it country music that has been made to sound more like mainstream popular music that charts on the pop charts with a country touch.
Most country pop artist are country artist that have enjoyed some degree of success on the pop charts as well. These artist are generally referred to Read the rest of this entry »