Introducing Songen genres: Country

Country is a genre of American popular music that takes its roots from traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, and old-time music. The genre typically consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms, folk-like melodies, and harmonies mostly accompanied by string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitars, and fiddles as well as harmonicas. Country music often incorporates elements of rock, blues, and pop music. Country music has been embraced by various subgenres, such as contemporary country, honky-tonk, bluegrass, western swing, and Americana.

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Common chord progressions in country music include:

I–IV–V–I (“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash);
I–vi–IV–V (“Jolene” by Dolly Parton);
I–V–vi–IV (“Take It Easy” by The Eagles);
IV–I–V–vi (“Crazy” by Patsy Cline);
vi–IV–I–V (“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones);
IV–V–vi–iii–IV–I–V (“Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings);
I–vi–IV–V–I–vi (“Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash).

March 4, 2023