Country music is a blend of traditional and popular musical forms traditionally found in the Southern United States, Appalachians and Atlantic areas of Eastern Canada
As the genre evolved from the early 1920's, the music split into a number of different styles including: Hillbilly Boogie, Bluegrass, Folk and Gospel, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, The Nashville and Countrypolitan sounds, Country soul, The Bakersfield sound, Country rock, Outlaw country, Country pop, Neocountry, Truck driving country, Neotraditionalist movement, Alternative country - many of which formed the roots of popular music and rock around the world.
Throughout its emergence into multiple sub-genres, country music has produced two of the top selling solo artists of all time. Elvis Presley who was known early on as “the Hillbilly Cat” and was a regular on the radio program Louisiana Hayride, went on to become a defining figure in the emergence of rock and roll while contemporary musician Garth Brooks with 128 million albums sold, is the top-domestic-selling solo U.S. artist in U.S. history.
Penny Lane has an extensive collection of country albums representing artists across many of these genres including Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Wiliams, Ry Cooder, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and many more.
We've compiled a selection of artists and albums from many of the sub genres of Country to give you a sample of what 'country' music is all about. Check out this selection from the choice instore - and remember, if we don't have it in stock we can probably get it for you.
Early Country Mississippi Delta Blues - Jimmie Rodgers
Bluegrass High, Lonesome and Blue - Del McCoury
Traditional Country Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Honky Tonk Lost Highway - Hank Williams
Cowboy and Western Always Drink Upstream From The Herd - Riders in the Sky
Rockabilly Elvis - Elvis Presley
Nashville Sound 12 Greatest Hits - Patsy Cline
Country Rock The Complete Reprise Sessions - Gram Parsons Redneck Fiddlin' Man - Charlie Daniels Band
Outlaw Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
Bakersfield Sound Buck Owens - I've got a Tiger by the Tail
New Traditionalist The Very Best of Randy Travis - Randy Travis
Alternative Country Live at the Old Quarter - Townes van Zandt Guitar Town - Steve Earle