Country and folk music is a genre that originated in the southern United States and has roots in traditional British and Irish music. According to its Wikipedia page, it "consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms, folk lyrics, and harmonies mostly accompanied by string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitars (such as pedal steels and dobros) and fiddles as well as harmonica." The genre has evolved over the years, incorporating elements of rock, pop, and other styles, and has spawned numerous sub-genres such as bluegrass, honky tonk, and alternative country.
One of the most famous and influential country and folk artists is Johnny Cash, who is known for his deep, gravelly voice and for his songs about love, loss, and social issues. Another famous country and folk artist is Bob Dylan, who is known for his socially conscious lyrics and his contributions to the folk revival movement of the 1960s.
Some of the most famous and style-defining albums in the country and folk genre include "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are a-Changin'" by Bob Dylan, and "At Folsom Prison" by Johnny Cash. Some of the most famous songs in the genre include "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. Best-selling albums in the genre include "At Folsom Prison" by Johnny Cash, "Blue Kentucky Girl" by Emmylou Harris, and "The Essential Johnny Cash" by Johnny Cash.
The instrumentation in country and folk music often includes acoustic guitar, banjo, and fiddle, and the lyrics often tell stories about love, loss, and the human experience. This genre of music can evoke feelings of nostalgia, longing, and a sense of connection to the past.
Country and folk music has evolved over time, with different sub-genres emerging such as bluegrass and Americana. In the United States, it has remained popular over the years and has a dedicated fan base. In Europe, country and folk music has a more traditional sound, with a focus on traditional instruments and themes.
This type of music is suitable for underscore licensing in in a variety of contexts, e.g. television, and commercials, as it can add a sense of nostalgia or a down-home feel to a scene. It is also often played at live events such as festivals and concerts.
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Friendly and relaxed acoustic pop track for the good days in life. Dreamy guitar lines and a determined beat
Muted, Plaintive, Soft
An old time country waltz played on Dobro, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, guitar, bass and drums. Traditional country band style, authentic live performance. Happy and feelgood, yet also wistful and reflective.
Motivating folk with ukuleles and piano for happy moments.
Real guitars, true feelings
A warm, positive and melodic fantasy/celtic inspired track. Have a little patience with this one -- the atmospheric intro section lasts for about 1 minute before the tempo picks up to an upbeat celtic jam with piccolo flute, guitars, hand drums, etc. Full mix.
Slow to mid-tempo American country rock featuring Dobro, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel guitar, bass and drums. Melodic and swinging, this is a wonderfully genuine, authentic country track with elements of folk, bluegrass and Americana.
Western / Mexican style ballad. Shoot out at the OK Corrall! Twangy electric, Spanish guitars, church bell. Builds in stages over 3 choruses.
Mid-tempo swinging country blues, with plenty of twangy guitars and Telecaster picking. Electric slide guitars over bass and drums -- classic country stuff.
A beautiful and emotional R&B, Soul ballad available with or without vocals. Beautiful RnB vocals and bluesy guitar lines with a soft pop production.
Hawaiian style instrumental ballad featuring steel and "twangy" Hawaii guitars.
A contemporary Mexican / Latino ballad with various electric guitars & pedal steel over bass and brushed snare. Happy, joyful, celebration like, but restrained. Classy and genuine Mexico or latin america.
Relaxed, Around the Campfire Theme
Latin party track. Fast latino 'stomp' featuring nylon guitars, driving bass and percussion.
A light acoustic guitar track, romantic and sweet. Perhaps slightly nostalgic or wistful. A mellotron string section enters and later also a bell melody. An underscore version is also available without the bell melody. This is a gentle and easy flowing instrumental track, hopeful, tender and romantic like never ending love.
Uplifting, funny and cheerful track with a beautiful acoustic sound. With a happy ukulele, upright bass and drums. Talkover version.
This fast Banjo number is shaking the barn and Miss Piggy asks for the next dance
Swirling, Fluid, Lively