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Big Ideas

  • In Bakersfield, California, a style emerged that combined elements of rock with honky-tonk and served as a counterbalance to the Nashville sound.

  • Bluegrass developed in progressive directions that shared much in common with the folk-rock movement.

  • In the mid-1960s, some rock musicians became interested in the roots of country music and forged a hybrid style known as country rock; many of them came to Nashville to make their recordings.

  • California continued to be a major creative center in country music, particularly as a place that blended many different country traditions with rock music.

  • Many of these styles, including progressive bluegrass and country rock, moved further away from the country genre in the subsequent years.


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