Today, country is many sounds and many styles, some as old as fiddle and bow, others as new as tomorrow's technology.
Contemporary musician Garth Brooks, with 128 million albums sold, is the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history.
Bob Wills, often considered the father of Western Swing and, blended elements of blues, jazz, and mainstream popular music, along with instrumentation of saxophones, drums and traditional fiddle-based string instruments.
During the 1930s and 1940s two new substyles emerged, "Western Swing" and "Honky-Tonk".
Jimmie Rodgers was the first figure inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is fondly referred to as the “Father of Country Music.”
Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family are widely considered to be important early country musicians.
Like the blues, country music is a homegrown American art form. Like jazz, country music was big before World War II and then had to contend with the rock and roll revolution from mid-century onwards.
The first commercial country record was made by Eck Robertson in 1922 on the Victor Records label.
Country music spawned from the folk and popular music of pre-20th-century British and Irish settlers and was further influenced by African-American blues, Cajun and Latin folk music
The origins of country music can be found in recordings Southern Appalachian fiddle players made in the late 1910s.