The rise of Country and Folk music
It’s easy to see why country and folk music continues to appeal to music fans, with its catchy melodies and guitar licks.
Since being founded in the Southern States of America in the 1920s the genre has undergone significant transformations, from the hillbilly sound of the early days synonymous with traditional barn dances to the rockabilly 50s, which saw the emergence of names like Jonny Cash and Hank Williams.
Country music became a worldwide phenomenon in the 90s with artists such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill being some of the biggest selling artists of the decade.
More recently the chart success of contemporary artists Carrie Underwood, the Zac Brown Band, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum and global superstar Taylor Swift have helped drive new fans to the genre, ensuring country music is still very much alive, whilst acts like Mumford & Sons have reinvigorate the UK folk scene.
Exciting gigs not to miss...
This year will see the return of country sensation Shania Twain to the UK, touring her hugely anticipated new album 'Now'. Armed with a new set of country-influenced catchy tracks, leopard print clothing and with her unwavering sass, this Country-Pop diva will prove that she's still the one for us.
Another music artist who is now straddling into the Country genre is Australian sweetheart and pop icon Kylie. Her new album, 'Golden' is an exhuberent Country-Dance fusion and will be Kylie's fourteenth album! Already hugely popular worldwide, 'Golden' has proven that Kylie's still got that knack of getting into people's heads!
So, warm up your vocals and book a Country and Folk trip now!