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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For Tyler Cameron's one-on-one with Hannah, country music star Jake Owen was the musical guest and photos were allowed, so apparently there were some good snaps of the whole thing. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Wins the Bachelorette and Hannah Brown's Heart? Here's Everything We Know," 8 Apr. 2019 In 2018, Ryan Seacrest hosted a dinner at his Beverly Hills spread that included a feast from chef Curtis Stone and a performance by country music star Luke Bryan. Jeremy Kinser, Town & Country, "Is This Star-Studded LACMA Party the Art World's American Idol?," 17 Mar. 2019 From the start, Louboutin aimed to make the most of his time in country music’s capital. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Christian Louboutin’s First Trip to Nashville Included Dinner With Dolly and a Blowout Party," 25 Mar. 2019 My dad had this huge country music record collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Veteran Embroiderer Is Behind the Most Daring Suits in Music," 11 Mar. 2019 Coinciding with the announcement, Reba joined Gayle King on CBS This Morning, where the country music icon commented on the all-male Entertainer of the Year lineup. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Says She's Not 'Very Happy' With the Controversial ACM Nominations," 21 Feb. 2019 After taking Dancing With the Stars by storm, country music radio host Bobby Bones is back. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What the 'American Idol' Judges Really Think About Bobby Bones Being a Mentor," 19 Feb. 2019 One of the best chorus lyrics in country music history. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018 Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, TX Named for singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, a country music legend, this hotel fits right into the Live Music Capital of the World. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 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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