To help celebrate Country Music Month, we’ve asked some experts from around America, what is country music? This post if from Brian Lynch. Brian is a producer at one of America’s largest country stations in Chicago. Here now is Brian’s answer to what country music is.
There are a lot of people out there that think country music has to have a “twang” or some sort of guitar in it to be considered country. The truth of the matter is, country music is continuing to evolve and that happens to cross-over into other genres of music.
Take my grandfather for example. He thinks that country music is a lone person sitting on the front porch with a guitar in his hand playing about the hardships he has endured. Now step up to the next generation with my father. He thinks country music is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alabama[/lastfm] (the group), or [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Diamond Rio[/lastfm]. The type of bands that keep that “twang” in the songs, but accompany it with a full range of instruments. Now to me… As I said earlier, country music is continuing to evolve and I have been fortunate enough to actual live through the transition. My first country show was Diamond Rio at the Wisconsin State Fair, and recently I went to go see [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Talk about polar opposites. Yet both of them have country elements and are considered country music.
So, I think the definition of country music continues to be expanded to incorporate elements of other genres to keep up with today’s world of everyone mixing in with everyone else… And why shouldn’t it? Country music speaks to everyone… even if they don’t want to admit it!