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The Greatest Country Singers

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Have you ever heard a song entitled Keep on the Sunny Side? Do you know whose signature song it is? Well, as a person who lives in a modern era, you might not know much about western and country music. However, when you are asked about a song entitled Keep on the Sunny Side, you probably can easily tell whose signature song it is. 

As a matter of fact, country songs from the best country singers in the United States like the Carter Family now can still easily be heard in lots of places around the world. This fact simply implies that western and country music is timeless. 


According to The history of country music, country music was born in the Southern United States. Originally, country music was an expression of people who lived in mountains and rural areas in the south of United States who were lack of communication with other people due to their isolated areas.

When they felt lonely, they usually sang a song to cheer their feeling. In its development, country song combines both folk traditions and new experiences from people who sing. As a result, country songs are songs that have deep meaning and real souls. If you listen to a country song, you can easily be moved. 

These days, an extensive list of great countrysingers can easily be found. Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and Allan Jackson are few of country singers whose signature songs can still be found easily nowadays.

If you take a look at the development of country music, you can figure out that there are six generations in country music. The first generation of country music was country singers who sang country songs in 1920s including Jimmy Rodgers and The Carter Family. Since Jimmy Rodgers has a significant influence in the country music, he is now considered as the Father of Country Music.  

Then, the second generation of countrymusic is singers who sing country songs in 1930s to 1940s while the third generation is singers who sing country songs in 1950s to 1960s. In the second generation, singing cowboys and western swing is highly popular. Bluegrass, folk, gospel and honky tonk also influence country significantly.

In the third generation, rockabilly, country soul, and country folk emerge while ballad and western songs decline. The fourth generation that emerges in 1970s and 1980s presents outlaw country, country pop, neo country, and truck driving country. One singer that represents this generation is Dolly Parton. 


Furthermore, in the fifth generation that takes place in 1990s, western music received an influence from line dancing. In this generation, the Dixie Chicks was the most popular country group. Then, the sixth generation that emerged in 2000s up to present has Richard Marx as one of the best country singers.

However, even though there are many new country singers in the last generations, country singers in the early generations like  Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Gene Autry, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells and the Carter Family are  always remember and listen to their songs is a great experiences.