A southern staple, country & bluegrass is as all American as cowboy boots and 4x4's. A descendant of Mexican Tejano music, Appalachian/Celtic Folk and the blues, this saddle slinging genre grew popularity during the era of the great depression through artisans like the Carter Family, Lester Flatts and Earl Scraggs.
By the 1960's, Nashville, Tennessee, had made the twangs of country a commercial success. Emerging superstars like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash paved the way for one of the most influential genres in crossover music; giving artists like Elvis Presley, the Eagles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and even Ray Charles an incentive to dabble in the sounds of country & bluegrass.
While bluegrass has seemed to stay rooted in much of its original sounds, instruments and compositions, country music has taken on a lighter more pop/rock influence with artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum reformulating the orthodox sounds of country music.