Country music stars Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Dolly Parton (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for the Country Music Association)

Country music is a popular American music genre that originated in the rural southern and western United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1949, the term “country music” was adopted by the recording industry to replace its original name, “hillbilly music.”

Country music commonly has vocals with a drawl and uses string instruments like the violin, often referred to as the fiddle in the country genre, as well as the banjo and acoustic guitar.

Over the decades, country music has evolved to span genres. In recent years, pop country and hip-hop country music have gained popularity and garnered many listeners and awards.

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