Label: Marabo Records - MRCD004 • Format: CD • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country •
Putting together a "top" or "best" list of anything is always a challenge, and there's so much really good country music out there that making a list of country groups is downright intimidating. This list is based on critical standing, influence and the sales of country music's essential group performers. Greater weight has been accorded to those acts who have stood the test of time. All country artists owe a debt to the Carter Family —their songbook popularized traditional folk songs and sister Maybell's finger-picking influenced future guitarists.
Bill Monroe invented bluegrass. Any group pairing mandolins and banjos owes him a tip of the hat anot to mention his band, Bluegrass Boys. Essential Album: " Bob Wills Anthology ". With his combination of jazz, hillbilly fiddling, and dance-hall swing music, Bob Wills is the granddaddy of Western swing.
He influenced He showed that country music could absorb nearly every genre it touched. Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt both played in Monroe's Blue Grass Boys before forming their own outfit and they eventually epitomized bluegrass in the s and s.
Essential Album: " 50 Years of Hits ". Alabama escaped the urban cowboy curse to become one of the most successful acts of the s and s. Their rich harmonies resulted in chart-topping hits like "Dixieland Delight" and "Love in the First Degree. Ira and Charlie Louvin created magic on wax with their religious songs and high harmonies that resulted in the cult gospel album "Satan Is Real" and left a heavy influence on the Everly Brothers.
Fiddle-player Charlie Daniels helped invent country-rock with this off-the-rails band. Essential Album: " Gilded Palace of Sin ". Founded by Gram Parsons, the group provided the country-rock blueprint to subsequent Gregg Willis - Do Me Baby (DJ Laz Remixes). Yet their versions of "Little Maggie" and "I'm a Man of Lonesome Trail - Bob Ponton - One Of Those Days Sorrow" remain an invigorating bridge between mountain music and bluegrass.
Essential Album: " Wide Open Spaces ". The Dixie Chicks re-engineered bluegrass for a stadium crowd in the late s. Their debut Wide Open Spaces became one of the biggest-selling country albums of all time, but controversy cast a shadow on the group's later years.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band created music that could be appreciated by fans of folk, rock, and bluegrass. They borrowed from each, making roots music that left its imprint on both The Eagles and Alabama.
Their ballads "Amazed" and "Tequila Talkin'" remain inescapable. They weren't really brothers, but Johnnie Wright and Jack Anglin left their own stamp on the famed close-harmony duos of acts such as The Louvin Brothers. They didn't mind adding Latin flavor in songs such as "Ashes of Love. This gospel quintet earned a secular hit with "Flower on the Wall" in How Many Bomas - The Inner Space - The Inner Space then, the not-quite brothers have kept toes in both the religious and secular worlds.
Essential Album: " Gold ". The Oak Ridge Boys began singing their take on gospel tunes in the late s. They gained their biggest success in the '70s and '80s and continued to be active into the s. As their name suggests, The Mavericks are hard to pin down.
Western swing, '60s pop, and Latin soul are all fair game when it comes to building their intoxicating sound. The Zac Brown Band formed in and gained favor with their eclectic repertoire and Lonesome Trail - Bob Ponton - One Of Those Days songs like "Toes. Essential Album: " Horse of a Different Color ". John Yesergey Ilet - Orchestra Ethiopia - The Blue Nile Group and Big Kenny released their brand of hard-edged country in Rich was formerly in Lonestar.
Sugarland made a big dent on the country charts with their soulful vocal numbers and high-octane shows. The duo continues to keep critics interested.
Essential Album: " Some People Change ". Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry joined forces in and took country music in exciting new directions. Their hard-boiled tunes sound pure country even when they borrow the sounds of Southern rock and hip-hop. Essential Album: " Need You Now ". Lady Antebellum 's self-titled debut yielded the 1 country single "I Run to You. Their silky emulsion of Pat Benetar pop and roots music makes the threesome a commercial force to reckoned with.
Robert Silva is an electronics and audiophile hobbyist who writes about entertainment technology and films for more than 20 years.
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