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Country Music and Society (influence in rock music)
Mar 30th, 2011 at 1:07pm
Here I will address a controversial subject; country music. Please help me to expose truths and keep the thoughts flowing. I will start by saying that country music inspired Elvis Presley and The Beatles, which has been documented.

I grew up listening to authentic country music as well as blues and the rock music of the 60s and 50s. Some people hate country music, because they don't understand or know much about it. To say or believe that all country music is the same is a blatant lie. The traditions in country music are just as deep-rooted as blues and rock and roll.

Why do some people hate the word country music? During the 1990s, there was a drastic change in style and sound, with the rise of "hat act" singers such as Garth Brooks. This change set new standards in country music, while damaging the traditions and overall sounds. Country performers went from having beers with and meeting their fans after the shows to performing in arenas while riding fire-breathing bulls, before being taken away in limos.

The traditional country style everyone knew was replaced with familiar rock sounds. Many modern country songs are basically derived from 80s hair metal power ballads or bonehead southern rock. Other modern country songs resemble current top 40 pop music, while some even reflect the sounds of alternative rock.

I grew up listening to radio songs and albums by Buck Owens, Freddy Fender, Johnny Rodriguez, Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Gary Stewart, Conway Twitty, Bobby Bare, Emmylou Harris, Freddie Hart, Charlie Rich, Tammy Wynette, Tom T. Hall, Gary Stewart, George Jones, Mickey Gilley, Wynn Stewart, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Ray Price and Charley Pride, one of the only African American singers in country music. .

Also, I enjoyed the country soul sounds of singers such as Percy Sledge (When A Man Loves A Woman) and Arthur Alexander, who wrote "Anna" for The Beatles and "You Better Move On" for The Rolling Stones.

During the 1980s, I became a fan of a new breed of country revival acts such as Dwight Yoakam, Highway 101,  Sweethearts Of The Rodeo (the female duo) and The Desert Rose Band, which featured singer Chris Hillman from The Byrds.

Fact: Buck Owens influenced The Beatles, who were fans. During the 1980s, Buck Owens recorded a duet with Ringo Starr, a new version of the song "Act Naturally."

Fact: Roger Miller surprisingly dominated radio during the 60s British Invasion in the U.S. and UK with his chart-topping #1 crossover single "King Of The Road."

Fact: Roy Orbison's hit single "Pretty Woman" defeated The Beatles on the charts in 1964.

Fact: Charley Pride outsold The Beatles and Elvis Presley while on RCA.

Some say Roy Orbison was rock, others say country. What I will tell you is that Bob Moore played bass on Roy Orbison's vast Monument sessions. Bob was a famous session player in Nashville and can be heard on tons of hit country songs. Bob Moore also had a successful instrumental solo album called "Mexico," by Bob Moore & His Orchestra.

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