Country Music CDs
Country music fans are never lacking in CD options whether they love classic artists or the latest songs. These CDs are available in a variety of sub-genres, ranging from Nashville-style to pop country. Fans will also be able to find a number of greatest hits albums, which offer a compendium of beloved country hits, and live albums, featuring famous singers in concert.What genres of country music are available on CD?
All genres of country music, no matter how obscure, can be found in CD form. Some of the most popular include:
- Classic: The earliest country music, spearheaded by artists like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family, featured lots of fiddle riffs and was clearly influenced by folk, blues, and jazz.
- Bluegrass: The bluegrass genre is known for its distinctive mixture of string instruments, including the bass, the fiddle, the mandolin, and the banjo. Flatts and Scruggs were one of the first influential bluegrass bands, and fans can find their work on CD.
- Honky-Tonk: Honky-tonk marked country's transition into the mainstream. Songs by Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams were blasted on radios nationwide. This genre established many of the classic country conventions from the reliance on the fiddle to lyrics dealing with infidelity.
- Nashville Country: The classic Nashville sound is glossier than previous styles, featuring higher production values, background singers, and fewer hard edges. Classic practitioners of the style include Eddy Arnold and Patsy Cline.
- Country Rock: In the '70s, rock and Western styles combined to create adventurous music by the likes of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Dr. Hook.
- New Traditionalist: The '80s saw the return of the traditional Western sound, thanks to artists like George Strait who revived old-fashioned musical styles.
- New Country: The latest Western acts seek to combine old-school twang with an appealing pop style. Artists that typify this genre include Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, and Taylor Swift.
Live performance albums are treasured because they can sound different from studio recordings. The artist sometimes improvises, which creates unique songs. Plus, you get to hear the feedback of the audience in the background. Many musicians have released live performance albums, including:
- Patsy Cline
- Alison Kraus
- Emmylou Harris
- Hank Williams Jr.
- George Jones
- The Dixie Chicks
- Merle Haggard
- Willie Nelson
- Johnny Cash
- Brad Paisley
Many musicians have released compendiums of their best loved songs and music. They include:
- Charley Pride
- Eddy Arnold
- The Statler Brothers
- Kenny Chesney
- Waylon Jennings
- Kenny Rogers
- Martina McBride
- Tim McGraw
- Alan Jackson
- Dolly Parton