Country rock


Country rock is a subgenre of country music, formed from the fusion of rock with country. The term is generally used to refer to the wave of rock musicians who began to record country-flavored records in the late 1960s and early 1970s, beginning with Bob Dylan and The Byrds; reaching its greatest popularity in the 1970s with artists like Emmylou Harris and the Eagles.

Rock and roll has often been seen as a combination of rhythm and blues with country music, a fusion particularly evident in 1950s rockabilly, and there has been cross-pollination throughout the history of both genres, however, the term country-rock is generally used to refer to the wave of rock musicians of the late 1960s and early 1970s who began to record rock records using country themes, vocal styles and additional instrumentation, most characteristically pedal steel guitar.


Country influences can be heard on rock records through the 1960s, including The Beatles' 1964 recordings "I'll Cry Instead", "Baby's in Black" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", on The Rolling Stones "High and Dry" (1966), as well as Buffalo Springfield's "Go and Say Goodbye" (1966) and "Kind Woman" (1968). In 1966, as many rock artists moved increasingly towards expansive and experimental psychedelia, Bob Dylan spearheaded the back-to-basics roots revival when he went to Nashville to record the album Blonde on Blonde, using notable local musicians like Charlie McCoy. This, and the subsequent more clearly country-influenced albums, John Wesley Harding (1967) and Nashville Skyline (1969), have been seen as creating the genre of country folk, a route pursued by a number of, largely acoustic, folk musicians.

Dylan's lead was also followed by The Byrds, who were joined by Gram Parsons in 1968. Parsons had mixed country with rock, blues and folk to create what he called "Cosmic American Music". Earlier in the year Parsons had released Safe at Home with The International Submarine Band, which made extensive use of pedal steel and is seen by some as the first true country-rock album. The result of Parsons' brief tenure in the Byrds was Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968), generally considered one of the finest and most influential recordings in the genre. The Byrds continued for a brief period in the same vein, but Parsons left soon after the album was released to be joined by another ex-Byrds member Chris Hillman in forming The Flying Burrito Brothers. Over the next two years they recorded the albums The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) and Burrito Deluxe (1970), which helped establish the respectability and parameters of the genre, before Parsons departed to pursue a solo career.


Country rock was a particularly popular style in the California music scene of the late 1960s, and was adopted by bands including Hearts and Flowers, Poco (formed by Richie Furay and Jim Messina, formerly of the Buffalo Springfield) and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Some folk-rockers followed the Byrds into the genre, among them the Beau Brummels and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A number of performers also enjoyed a renaissance by adopting country sounds, including: The Everly Brothers, whose Roots album (1968) is usually considered some of their finest work; former teen idol Ricky Nelson who became the frontman for The Stone Canyon Band; John Fogerty, who left Creedence Clearwater Revival behind for the country sounds of The Blue Ridge Rangers; Mike Nesmith, who had experimented with country sounds while with The Monkees, formed The First National Band; and Neil Young who moved in and out of the genre throughout his career. One of the few acts to successfully move from the country side towards rock were the bluegrass band The Dillards.

The greatest commercial success for country rock came in the 1970s, with the The Doobie Brothers mixing in elements of R&B, Emmylou Harris (a former backing singer for Parsons) becoming the "Queen of country-rock" and Linda Ronstadt creating a highly successful pop-oriented brand of the genre. Pure Prairie League, formed in Ohio in 1969 by Craig Fuller, had both critical and commercial success with 5 straight Top 40 LP releases, including Bustin' Out (1972), acclaimed by Allmusic critic Richard Foss as "an album that is unequaled in country-rock" and Two Lane Highway, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "a worthy companion to the likes of The Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and other gems of the genre". Former members of Ronstadt's backing band went on to form the Eagles (made up of members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and Stone Canyon Band), who emerged as one of the most successful rock acts of all time, producing albums that included Desperado (1973) and Hotel California (1976).


Outside of these handful of stars, country rock's greatest significance was as an influence on artists in other genres, including The Band, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison's solo work. It also played a part in the development of Southern rock, which, although largely derived from blues-rock, had a distinct southern lilt, and it paved the way for parts of the alternative country movement. The genre declined in popularity in the late 1970s, but some established artists, including Neil Young, have continued to record country-tinged rock into the twenty-first century. Country rock has survived as a cult force in Texas, where acts including The Flatlanders, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and California-based Richard Brooker, have collaborated and recorded. Other performers have produced occasional recordings in the genre, including Elvis Costello's Almost Blue (1981) and the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, which was one of the most commercially successful albums of 2007.

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List of country rock bands and musicians

American Flyer
Area Code 615
Hoyt Axton
The Band
Barefoot Jerry
The Beau Brummels
Toby Beau
Blitzen Trapper
Blue Rodeo
Bon Jovi
Brewer & Shipley
Jackson Browne
Buffalo Springfield
Jimmy Buffett
The Byrds
Neko Case
Johnny Cash
Gene Clark
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Ry Cooder
Rita Coolidge
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Charlie Daniels
The Charlie Daniels Band
Deer Tick
Desert Rose Band
Dillard & Clark
The Dillards
Dirt Band
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan & The Band
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
The Everly Brothers
The First Edition
The Flatlanders
The Flying Burrito Brothers
John Fogerty
Brantley Gilbert
Grateful Dead
Great Speckled Bird
Linda Hargrove
Emmylou Harris
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
The International Submarine Band
Jason & The Scorchers
The Jayhawks
Kid Rock
Jerry Lee Lewis
Albert Lee
The Little Willies
Lone Justice
The Long Ryders
Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit
Nick Lowe
The Marshall Tucker Band
Ian Matthews
John Mellencamp
Ricky Nelson
Michael Nesmith
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Juice Newton
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Phil Ochs
The Outlaws
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Gram Parsons
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Robert Plant
Joel Plaskett
Elvis Presley
Mason Proffit
Pure Prairie League
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
Linda Ronstadt
Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet
Brinsley Schwarz
Souther–Hillman–Furay Band
Southern Pacific
Gary Stewart
Townes Van Zandt
Neil Young
Steve Young

Timeline of Country Rock albums

Ricky Nelson: Bright Lights & Country Music
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde
Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield
Gene Clark: Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers
The Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday
Ricky Nelson: Country Fever
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The First Edition: The First Edition
Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding
The Everly Brothers: Roots
The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The International Submarine Band: Safe at Home
Buffalo Springfield: Last Time Around
The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo
The Band: Music from Big Pink
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dillard & Clark: The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark
The Beau Brummels: Bradley's Barn
Mason Proffit Wanted
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country
Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place, Another Time
The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin
Ian Matthews: Matthews' Southern Comfort
Buffalo Springfield: Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield
Linda Ronstadt: Hand Sown ... Home Grown
Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline
Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis
Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Poco: Pickin' Up the Pieces
Johnny Cash: At San Quentin
Area Code 615: Area Code 615
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River
Dillard & Clark: Through the Morning Through the Night
The Band: The Band
The Byrds: Ballad of Easy Rider
Steve Young: Rock Salt & Nails
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy and the Poor Boys
Ricky Nelson: In Concert at the Troubadour, 1969 (rec. Dec. 1969)
Swampwater: Swampwater (One Way Records)
Great Speckled Bird: Great Speckled Bird
Brewer & Shipley: Tarkio
Phil Ochs: Greatst Hits
Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition: Something's Burning
Linda Ronstadt: Silk Purse
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Burrito Deluxe
Poco: Poco
Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead
Michael Nesmith: Magnetic South
The Band: Stage Fright
Neil Young: After the Gold Rush
Bob Dylan: New Morning
Michael Nesmith: Loose Salute
Elvis Presley: Back in Memphis
Grateful Dead: American Beauty
Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder
Linda Ronstadt: Linda Ronstadt
Mason Proffit: Movin' Toward Happiness
Mason Proffit: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
Elvis Presley: Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
Poco: Deliverin'
New Riders of the Purple Sage: New Riders of the Purple Sage
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Lost in the Ozone
Michael Nesmith: Nevada Fighter
Johnny Cash: Man in Black
The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers
Gene Clark: White Light
Poco: From the Inside
Ricky Nelson Rudy the Fifth
The Byrds: Farther Along
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition: The Ballad of Calico
Mason Proffit: Rockfish Crossing
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Steve Young: Seven Bridges Road
Neil Young: Harvest
Ry Cooder: Into the Purple Valley
Michael Nesmith: Tantamount to Treason Vol. 1
Ricky Nelson: Garden Party
Pure Prairie League: Pure Prairie League
New Riders of the Purple Sage: Powerglide
Manassas: Manassas
Barefoot Jerry: Barefoot Jerry
Eagles: Eagles
Michael Nesmith: And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'
Pure Prairie League: Bustin' Out
Gene Clark: Roadmaster
Poco: A Good Feelin’ To Know
Ry Cooder Boomer's Story
Ian Matthews: Journeys from Gospel Oak
Linda Hargrove: Music Is Your Mistress
Mason Proffit: Bare Back Rider
Gram Parsons: GP
John Fogerty: The Blue Ridge Rangers
Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Eagles: Desperado
The Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band
Poco: Crazy Eyes
Michael Nesmith: Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash
Ian Matthews: Valley Hi
Gene Parsons: Kindling
New Riders of the Purple Sage: The Adventures of Panama Red
Mason Proffit: Come And Gone
Souther–Hillman–Furay Band: The Souther–Hillman–Furay Band
Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel
Ricky Nelson: Windfall
Linda Ronstadt: Different Drum
Eagles: On the Border
Poco: Seven
The Marshall Tucker Band: A New Life
Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Close Up the Honky Tonks
Gene Clark: No Other
Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It'll Shine When It Shines
Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel
Poco: Cantamos
Souther-Hillman-Furay Band: Trouble in Paradise
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: The Car Over the Lake Album
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Stacked Deck
Brinsley Schwarz: Nervous on the Road
Elvis Presley: Promised Land
The Outlaws: The Outlaws
Pure Prairie League: Two Lane Highway
Neil Young: Tonight's the Night
Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes
Poco: Head over Heels
Poco: The Very Best of Poco 1975
Emmylou Harris: Pieces of the Sky
Charlie Daniels: Fire on the Mountain

The Outlaws: Lady in Waiting
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Men From Earth
Firefall: Firefall
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Too Stuffed to Jump
American Flyer: American Flyer
New Riders of the Purple Sage: The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage
Pure Prairie League: If the Shoe Fits
Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975
The Charlie Daniels Band: Saddle Tramp
Poco: Rose of Cimarron
The Charlie Daniels Band: High Lonesome
Pure Prairie League: Dance
Poco: Live
Firefall: Luna Sea
The Outlaws: Hurry Sundown
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Don't Look Down
Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
Jimmy Buffett: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Emmylou Harris: Luxury Liner
Gene Clark: Two Sides to Every Story
Poco: Indian Summer
Pure Prairie League: Live ! Takin' The Stage
Jackson Browne: Running on Empty
Firefall: Elan
Juice Newton: Well Kept Secret
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It's Alive!
Toby Beau: Toby Beau
Joe Ely: Honky Tonk Masquerade
Neil Young: Comes a Time
Hoyt Axton: A Rusty Old Halo
Clover: Chronicle
Charlie Daniels Band: Million Mile Reflections
Amazing Rhythm Aces: How The Hell Do You Spell Rythum?
Dirt Band: Make a Little Magic
Firefall: Undertow
Firefall: Clouds Across The Sun
Hoyt Axton: Where Did the Money Go?
The Outlaws: Ghost Riders
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Joe Ely: Live Shots
Rita Coolidge: Greatest Hits
The Charlie Daniels Band: Full Moon
Poco: Blue and Gray
Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Almost Blue
Jason & The Scorchers: Reckless Country Soul
Juice Newton: Quiet Lies
Poco: Cowboys & Englishmen
Poco: Ghost Town
The Charlie Daniels Band: A Decade of Hits
Lone Justice: Lone Justice"
Jimmy Buffett: Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hits
Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit: The Rose of England
Albert Lee: Country Guitar Man
The Jayhawks: The Jayhawks
Steve Earle: Guitar Town
The Beau Brummels: The Best of the Beau Brummels: Golden Archive Series
Blue Rodeo: Outskirts
Various Artists: The Best of Shiloh & More, Vol. 1
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Farther Along: The Best of the Flying Burrito Brothers
Steve Earle: Copperhead Road
Nick Lowe: Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe
Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet: The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975
The Flatlanders: More a Legend Than a Band
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Too Much Fun: Best of Commander Cody
Steve Earle: The Hard Way
Poco: The Forgotten Trail (1969–74)
Blue Rodeo: Casino
The Dillards: There Is a Time (1963-70)
Southern Pacific: Greatest Hits
Brinsley Schwarz: Surrender to the Rhythm
Desert Rose Band: A Dozen Roses: Greatest Hits
Firefall: Greatest Hits
Neil Young: Harvest Moon
Ricky Nelson: Stay Young
Michael Nesmith: Complete First National Band Recordings
Eagles: The Very Best of the Eagles 1994
Nick Lowe: The Impossible Bird
The Marshall Tucker Band: The Best of the Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years
Various Artists: Hillbilly Fever, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock
Pure Prairie League: The Best of Pure Prairie League
Steve Earle: Train a Comin'
Various Artists: Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock
Steve Earle: Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection
Gary Stewart: The Essential Gary Stewart
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: Return to Hicksville: The Best of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Ozark Mountain Daredevils: 13
Gene Clark: Flying High
Ricky Nelson: Bright Lights & Country Music/Country Fever
The Long Ryders: Anthology
Alabama: For the Record
Townes Van Zandt: Anthology: 1968-1979
Poco: The Ultimate Collection
Kid Rock : Kid Rock
Neko Case: The Tigers Have Spoken
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals : Cold Roses
Joel Plaskett: La De Da
Pure Prairie League: All in Good Time
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
The Little Willies: The Little Willies
David Allan Coe & Cowboys from Hell: Rebel Meets Rebel
Bon Jovi: Lost Highway
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
Kid Rock: Rock N Roll Jesus
Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch
John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Deer Tick: Born on Flag Day
John Fogerty: The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
Robert Plant: Band of Joy
Kid Rock : Born Free
Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing
The Little Willies: For the Good Times
Brantley Gilbert: Halfway to Heaven
Kid Rock: Rebel Soul

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