We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Big Ideas

  • The Southeast and Midwest fostered more traditional country music, radio barn dances, and connections to the rural past in the 1930s.

  • The geography, sense of place, employment patterns, and various ethnic communities in the Southwest forged a hybrid of string band and jazz music that became western swing.

  • Hollywood westerns gained greater traction during the Great Depression, and their starring figure, the singing cowboy, offered an iconic image for country music that supplanted the hillbilly image.

  • By the end of the 1930s, country music was populated with a generation of professional entertainers who defined the genre's core themes, especially its complicated relationship with other genres.

Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy
Please send comments or suggestions about this Website to custserv.us@oup.com