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Country and Western Oldies

The giants of country music who first brought the music to a mainstream audience.

What is the Bakersfield Sound?
A basic guide to the "Bakersfield Sound," its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Country Rock?
A basic guide to "Country Rock" music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Countrypolitan music?
A basic guide to "Countrypolitan" music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Country Boogie?
A basic guide to "Country Boogie" music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Honky Tonk?
A basic guide to Honky Tonk music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Western Swing?
All about Western Swing, the curious '30s and '40s dance music that wasn't quite jazz but was definitely country - and how it led directly to rockabilly and rock and roll, including info on the best bands, songs, and hits of the style. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

The story of Marty Robbins' "El Paso"
The history of Marty Robbins' "El Paso," his signature song and the classic epic Western gunslinger ballad that changed pop radio forever, including facts, history, session info, trivia, and more, from your Oldies Guide at About.com.

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