country music


Definition of country music 

: music derived from or imitating the folk style of the Southern U.S. or of the Western cowboy especially : popular vocal music characterized by simple harmonies, accompaniment by stringed instruments (such as guitar, fiddle, banjo, and pedal steel), repeated choruses, and often narrative lyrics

called also country, country and western

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Antone, who loves country music, danced with her great- grandson underneath a sculpture of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree. Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle great-grandmother of 20 makes it to prom," 1 July 2018 With extensive experience in music, television and film spanning over 40 years, Reba McEntire apparently has the golden touch in country music. Fox News, "Reba McEntire facts: 8 things you didn't know about the country music star," 29 June 2018 With holiday tunes and Elvis Presley music featured throughout, the festive film is expected to be a trifecta of entertainment for fans of the king, country music, and of course, the Hallmark Channel. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Is Looking for Extras to Appear in Their New 'Christmas at Graceland' Movie," 28 June 2018 The event features the California Rangers band and old time country music, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll with dancing, food and drinks. Linda Mcintosh,, "Families with hospitalized kids served news," 27 June 2018 Some of the best country music around, courtesy of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and The Dukes & Dwight Yoakam. Chris Kaltenbach,, "LatinoFest, coin collecting and a patriotic bar crawl — the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 17 June 2018 Today’s revitalization policies are organized around corporations, sports, and country music, a stylistically diverse but overwhelmingly white genre. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 During the band’s recent performance along the Rio Grande, Maldonado shifted between country music and conjunto, squeezing in a little Enrique Iglesias. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "The Border Patrol tries to win over Hispanic communities — by singing love songs in Spanish," 24 May 2018 Pinche Gringo, with its live country music, English-language comedy nights and icy bottles of Michelob and Budweiser, offers its workers a slice of Americana that many sorely miss. Kate Linthicum,, "This Mexico City restaurant is rescuing deportees with jobs and Texas barbecue," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of country music

1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of country music

: a style of music that developed in the southern and western U.S. and that often contains lyrics relating to the lives of people who live in the country

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Kids Definition of country music

: a style of music that developed in the southern and western United States, that is similar to folk music, and that often has lyrics about people who live in the country

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