Country music is now one of the most popular genres of music in the country. Years ago country involved men and women singing with acoustic guitars about their broken hearts. The country music fan was usually an individual that lived in a rural area or deep in the south. People from the cities rarely listened to country music and didn't even consider it real music. Having the ability to play an acoustic guitar and a gentle beat on a drum didn't impress many people. The use of electric guitars, bass guitars and keyboards in country music was unheard of.
From the beginning of country music's roots in the 1920's, not much changed until the 1970's and 1980's. Country music was a small and struggling corner of the music world that most people tended to ignore. Occasionally a country music artist could strum his acoustic guitar sing a song and that song would cross over into the pop charts. Willie Nelson crossed over a few times, as did Patsy Cline. With the advent of the 70's and 80's came a younger country star more willing to change the traditional country music that most fans were used to.
Garth Brooks was one of the visible artists employing a new outlook in country music. While always carrying an acoustic guitar, he was often backed up by electric guitars, bass guitars and c. He also kept the basic country feel to his songs but also added a bit of rock and roll to the melodies. This made him well loved both by country fans and many pop fans. Another great example of this is Shania Twain. She crossed over into the pop charts with many of her songs, becoming another of the most recognized country stars in America. Shania Twain did not play a musical instrument, but was backed up by a band that had all the necessary equipment to help her songs sound great. Gone was the acoustic guitar in favor of bass guitars and electric guitars with some powerful amps.
Country music has come a long way since it's beginnings and it's musicians worked hard to become one of the most popular music in the country today.