At the same time, the Byrds, having lost David Crosby and gained country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, were beginning to branch out into the still unlabeled genre. At the same time, West Coast natives raised on the Bakersfield Sound and Tex-Mex began to coalesce into bands, resulting in the explosion that created Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Poco, and The Eagles.
The typical country-rock song was an identifiable "rock" creation that used at least one element of standard country instrumentation, be it pedal steel or fiddle, kept the arrangement largely acoustic except for bass, and utilized countryish, Appalachian-style harmonies. Eventually, the style became harder and morphed, along with blues and boogie elements, into what is now called "Southern Rock," while country-rock artists attracted to the music's softer nature joined the "soft-rock" camp. Both styles proved to be a tremendous influence on the pop-based "new country" movement of the late Eighties and beyond.
- "Lay Lady Lay," Bob Dylan
- "The Weight," The Band
- "Hickory Wind," The Byrds
- "Train Leaves Here This Morning," Dillard and Clark
- "Garden Party," Rick Nelson
- "For What It's Worth," Buffalo Springfield
- "Sin City," The Flying Burrito Brothers
- "Take It Easy," The Eagles
- "A Good Feelin' To Know," Poco
- "Listen To The Band," The Monkees