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"Country music also produced its own factual gun tunes. These range from Jimmie Driftwood's 1959 song "Tennessee Stud" to Kenny Roger's 1970s hit "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town." [...] A woman, who is about to go out searching for other men, is told by her disabled husband that "if I could move, I'd get my gun and put her in the ground." This song is more potent because Mel Till is, who wrote the song, described an actual event that took place in northern Florida during his childhood. Although the song only suggested that Ruby should be murdered, in actuality her husband shot and killed her."--The Darker Side of Dixie (1995) by Cecil Kirk Hutson.

"It’s country funk. The Byrds put something in it, Ray Charles added a lot. It’s a pound of R & B, and an ounce or three of country." --"What It Is – Is Swamp Music – Is What It Is" (1969) by Jerry Wexler

"Take 4 parts blues add 2 parts country and give it to a poor white boy and you have rock."--Duane Allman

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Country music, also known as country and western (or simply country), and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that takes its roots from genres such as blues, American folk music (especially Appalachian and Western music). Its popularized roots originate in the Southern United States of the early 1920s.

Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms, folk lyrics, and harmonies mostly accompanied by string instruments such as the African instrument banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitars (such as pedal steels and dobros), and fiddles as well as harmonicas. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.

According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century. In 2009 in the United States, country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute.

The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. The origins of country music are found in the folk music of working class Americans and/or blue-collar American life, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs, and the musical traditions of various groups of European immigrants.



Some country and country-related songs

Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog (song), Some Velvet Morning, Your Cheatin' Heart, Rhinestone Cowboy, No Charge, All Summer Long (Kid Rock song), Sixteen Tons, Blue Suede Shoes, When You Say Nothing at All, Folsom Prison Blues, He'll Have to Go, Stand by Your Man, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend

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Elvis Presley, Hasil Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, The Gun Club, Naked City (band), Lee Hazlewood, Yodeling, Charlie Feathers, Alex Chilton, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Robert Mitchum, J. J. Cale, Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobbie Gentry, Bobby Goldsboro, Hillbilly, Country rock, Hank Williams, Dan Seals, Southern rock, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Good old days, Honky-tonk, Appalachian music, Link Wray (album), Americana (music), Spanish Tinge, Dan Hicks (singer)

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