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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More than 22,000 people were at the outdoor venue for a country music festival. Fox News, "MGM offers donation of nearly $1M on behalf of Vegas massacre victims it's suing," 12 Sep. 2018 The evening began with country music, rum punches, and selfies with old friends. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "My Husband Tried to Murder Me in Our Yard. Then He Killed Himself.," 15 Oct. 2018 Music engaging with inequality tends to be on the fringes of popular genres Mainstream country music, a genre rooted in the rural red-state South, is no stranger to poverty or songs about risk-taking. Scott Timberg, Vox, "How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality," 30 July 2018 Editor's note: This story was first published on October 3, 2017, shortly after the shooting in Las Vegas during a country music performance that left 58 dead. Sammy Nickalls, Teen Vogue, "How to Cope With Tragedy When You Have Anxiety," 8 Nov. 2018 Carrie Underwood, American Idol alumna, and country music sensation revealed she’s expecting her second child with her hockey player husband Mike Fisher. Devon Elizabeth, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Announces On Social Media She's Pregnant With Her Second Child," 8 Aug. 2018 The singer has performed chart-toppers for over 30 years, and throughout his career over 20 of his singles have made it onto the Billboard country music charts. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018 The country music world received massive news Monday with the reveal that megastar Garth Brooks would become the first performer to play a show at the historic Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Garth Brooks teases big surprises and big reveals for massive Notre Dame Stadium concert," 10 July 2018 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

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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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